"One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency". -- Arnold H. Glasgow
At this point in the season, it's difficult to see who truly leads the Boston Celtics. In the beginning of the season, Rajon Rondo was believed to be the leader, however I think the leadership ended the same game his assist streak ended. I understand Rondo was trying to stand up for his teammate, but he has to understand that his value is too great for him to go after Kris Humphries the way he did. Getting ejected, and then suspended for 2 games, isn't the way a leader should operate. Managing emotions, and maintaining composure in my opinion, are parts of being a good leader.
A leader in my opinion, should also be able to play consistently on both ends of the court. The most consistent player of the season on both ends of the court in my opinion is Kevin Garnett, but he's only able to log 29 minutes a game. It's always positive to be able to play next to the leader of the team on a consistent basis, but Garnett wont be seeing consistent 30+ minute games until the playoffs, if the Celtics can make it that far.
Paul Pierce has also been very inconsistent this season, but Pierce knows what its like to lose and lose and lose, Pierce has been in this position before, so I think this is an opportunity for him to step up and reclaim that leadership role. He has to be able to set the example for the Celtics. Consistent offense, consistent defense, and consistent effort. Easier said than done I know, but Pierce isn't a future Hall-Of-Famer for no reason. I don't expect him to light up the scoreboard like Kobe, but consistent offensive and defensive play from Pierce will benefit this team in more ways than one.
Doc Rivers may not be able to join the Celtics on the court, but he is not exempt. Doc Rivers in my opinion, has to be consistent as well. A lot of people believe that Doc Rivers plays favorites, especially when it comes to Rajon Rondo. Doc Rivers has shown instances where he would pull Jared Sullinger out of a game for falling asleep on the defensive end, but Rajon Rondo, would fall asleep on D, but he would still log 35-37 minutes. I understand that it's hard to compare what Sullinger does for the Celtics to what Rondo does for the Celtics, but I believe that Doc Rivers has to send a consistent message.
Where are the Celtics going to find leadership? Who knows. But all I know is that as of right now, the B18 Bus is driving without an operator, and it's starting to drive off-road.