Rajon Rondo made some comments about the state of the Boston Celtics locker room that has created a little chatter. One of the things he said was:
“In the locker room, you can feel it,” Rondo added. “You don’t feel like it’s the same continuity and camaraderie in the locker room as it was the first year. The first year, it was a crazy spirit in the locker room. But now it doesn’t feel the same. It’s not the same right now. We’ve got to find a way to get that back somehow, some way.”
This afternoon Danny Ainge was on WEEI where he had is own opinion on what Rajon said:
Ainge agreed with Rondo’s assessment that different players have been focused on elements other than winning a championship this year. At the same time, he suggested that the point guard’s public assessment of the team — in contrast to players such as Kevin Garnett, whom Ainge praised for identifying areas of his own game that required improvement — was not ideal, a message that Ainge said he and coach Doc Rivers delivered to Rondo on Wednesday.
“I don’t think that’s leadership,” said Ainge. “Even though it may be true, that’s what all of a sudden brings speculation.”
I agree completely with Reds Army, and their take on this situation:
But something needs to be done to jumpstart this team. Whatever the current leadership (Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and KG) is doing, it isn’t working.
Danny Ainge is being such a hypocrite. He basically tells Rondo it is wrong for him to speak publically about this issue. In return, he goes out and speaks publically downing Rondo. I don’t know what Ainge’s deal is with Rondo because I was just about to make the claim that he has matured greatly, AND THIS COMMENT WAS A PART OF THAT.
Why? Just last year he was the one who was tearing the locker room in two by coming to games late, and acting selfishly instead of for the good of the team. Now, maybe he has learned, and is looking for the rest of the team to get their act straight and play the game. But hey, like usual, Danny has to slam the guy. Early in the summer, okay, that is one thing because Rondo did act self centered. But now? When he is the only player playing with any kind of pride? Give me a break, this is no time for Ainge to continue his lack of priase for Number 9.