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Celtics Morning Joe: Would everyone look at Rondo in a different light if the Celtics won in 2010?

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 10, 2013 at 5:00 AM



It seems that we like to look into future with an occasional glance in the past. Anger, frustration, pain all the symptoms of losing. A few weeks ago I posted about not being over the game seven loss in 2010 (Celtics Morning Joe: Still haunted by game 7 in LA).

In that post I didn't cover one topic that may haunt another. Rajon Rondo may have been looked at in a different light. One player from that series cemented his legacy with beating the Celtics. He avenged the 2008 loss to Boston, and he beat the rival Celtics. Kobe also won back-to-back titles as the star. Rondo on the other hand could have changed the perception around the league. Rondo has a ring, but many view that as the "Big 3's" ring, even though Rondo was a crucial factor in the title.


Rondo had a chance to change his entire legacy with a 2010 Finals win. He was the engine, he was the driver that led the Celtics through an amazing run that wasn't supposed to be. That's what we know, but like every other player before him. John Stockton, Karl Malone, and Charles Barkley would have changed their legacies with a title. Lebron James is the recent example of that. Besides Tony Parker, Rondo is the most playoff tested, and big game point guard in the game. That should be enough ,but it's not.


The championship's that got away effects anyone's legacy. The good news is that Rondo is still young enough to write many chapters in his already good career. Until the Celtics or Rondo wins another championship. The 2010 Finals will linger in our minds.



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10 Comments

Reply paul
6:41 AM on August 10, 2013 
Rondo will have to lead a team to another championship to cement his legacy.
Reply jlil89
5:16 PM on August 10, 2013 
If they win in 2010, there is ZERO argument about who is the best in the business in running the point. ZERO I tell you. Even ESPN could not coddle Chris Paul to be above Rondo if #9 has two titles with a finals MVP under his belt. Tony Parker is the only one that would be allowed in the conversation.
Reply rcraig617
6:30 PM on August 10, 2013 
YES
Reply rcraig617
6:31 PM on August 10, 2013 
jlil89 says...
If they win in 2010, there is ZERO argument about who is the best in the business in running the point. ZERO I tell you. Even ESPN could not coddle Chris Paul to be above Rondo if #9 has two titles with a finals MVP under his belt. Tony Parker is the only one that would be allowed in the conversation.

It's blasphemy how these guys still think chris paul is the best point guard when tony parker NEARLY led his team to an nba finals win while chris paul was out since round 1.
Reply rcraig617
6:32 PM on August 10, 2013 
paul says...
Rondo will have to lead a team to another championship to cement his legacy.

People will always overlook tony parker and rondo because they're not media darlings the same thing will happen with rose in a couple of years if he shies away from the media like how he's done so far in his career.
Reply paul
6:54 PM on August 10, 2013 
jlil89 says...
If they win in 2010, there is ZERO argument about who is the best in the business in running the point. ZERO I tell you. Even ESPN could not coddle Chris Paul to be above Rondo if #9 has two titles with a finals MVP under his belt. Tony Parker is the only one that would be allowed in the conversation.



Well said. Right on.
Reply paul
6:55 PM on August 10, 2013 
rcraig617 says...
People will always overlook tony parker and rondo because they're not media darlings the same thing will happen with rose in a couple of years if he shies away from the media like how he's done so far in his career.


Another aspect of this, though, is that ESPN loves a power game more than a finesse game, and Rose has a power game.
Reply Morena
6:24 AM on August 11, 2013 
Even if they won the ring that year, the haters would still call it the "big three" ring because they were still all together.. Rondo's path for his own legacy starts now!!
Reply paul
7:02 AM on August 11, 2013 
Morena says...
Even if they won the ring that year, the haters would still call it the "big three" ring because they were still all together.. Rondo's path for his own legacy starts now!!


You are probably right about that, Morena. Or they'd give Chris Paul credit, even though he is on another team!
Reply rcraig617
10:01 PM on August 11, 2013 
Morena says...
Even if they won the ring that year, the haters would still call it the "big three" ring because they were still all together.. Rondo's path for his own legacy starts now!!

Nah everyone knows ray allen had a terrible finals that year