Jason Terry alluded to some of the same issues, although more gently than Zach Lowe's quote about Lee:
“Don’t get me wrong,” he prefaced, “Rajon (Rondo) makes us the best we can possibly be.”
(You can just hear that BUT coming, can’t you?)
“But,” he continued, “now, having multiple ball-handlers out there, it’s just going to make us unpredictable. You don’t know who’s going to handle it. I think the wings are going to get out there and run a little harder. We should be able to play in transition a little more.”
I think it's fair to say that a lot of guys would like to play in a more open offensive system.
It's fair to say that a lot of guys would like to take 20+ shots a game as well. That doesn't mean that would be best for the team. Terry even acknowledges that, although he'd like to have a bigger role in the offense, that having Rondo run the offense makes the team the best it can possibly be.
By the way, from reading the article, how did you feel about the fairly clear inference in the article that at least some of the players were going to play harder and with more energy now? People here would be killing Rondo if he ever intimated something like that, now the players who haven't been putting in the effort get a pass because it's somehow Rondo's fault.
By the way, I loved this quote:
“Now we really have to execute our game plan,” he said before Tuesday’s workout. “A lot of times Rajon was able to call his own game, and now we’ve really got to be in tune to what Doc’s saying in timeouts.
Great post. If Rondo ever said these things he would be run out of town on a rail. It makes me happy that these guys are going to really make an effort now, but guess what, their effort won't come near producing the results that Rondo does. Too bad they didn't play hard enough before Rondo got hurt.
Not only would Rondo get bashed for saying that, but he regularly gets attacked for not "bringing it" or playing with enough energy when those players stand around and the offense stagnates.
That might be because you perpetuate the myth throughout the blog that he relaxes in the regular season and then morphs into a mythical superhero in the postseason. Those that follow this myth must wonder why he doesn't morph into a superhero before the regular season begins and "bring it" every night.
No, that's not it.
Seriously, though, have you figured out a position on this issue yet? First you dismiss claims that Rondo steps up his play in the postseason because you don't have any idea how regular season and postseason stats generally track. Now you seem to be doing a complete about face, claiming that he *does* step in order to attack him for not stepping up during the regular season. Too funny.