I don't know what "The Silent treatment" may be for you; it's different things for different people, and an explanation almost always gets into personal history. I like personal history, but this isn't really the place for it, I don't believe, unless an emergency of some sort presents itself.
The flip side of the silent treatment, is to let one's self act as though he or she was responsible for running both sides of every conversation to the point of kidding one's self that you've got the ability to read the mind of the other person, and to know what their intents and wishes are. Beyond a certain limited degree, this is pretty much impossible. It suggests that the two of you (or more) subscribe to telepathy as a common means of communication. If there is such a thing, it doesn't seem to work all that dependably. Nor would you have to wonder what Ron would think or do, would you? You'd know.
Ron seems like a pretty nice guy with a human set of normal neuroses, like most of us. In the field we talk about "normal neurotics," which is a phrase I've always loved. You've got to trust Ron to make his thoughts and feelings known when he thinks it's important, and to do it with the same amount of clumsiness available to anybody else at their best and worst.
We have a say in what we do here and the fact is that in the end he has a deciding say because nobody else is willing to do the amount of work that he is, and it's his basketball. Mostly he seems to have fun playing with the basketball, and sometimes he's got to worry about paying rent on the court, and keeping people acting civil as they practice, so other people can practice too. Outside that, he's pretty negotiable, as near as I can tell. If he says differently, then I'll listen to him like the Ron he is. Beyond the power element, he's worth listening to because he's got interesting stuff to say.
Don't try to anticipate him beyond the rules you're clear about, and which he's been clear about. If he wants to say something, he can say it as well as you can. In fact, about his stuff, he can say it better.
In My Humble Opinion.
Sincerely, Mr. Bob