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Celtics Morning Joe: Will the Celtics look to add another player?

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 18, 2011 at 4:05 AM


How can you replace Jeff Green? You can't replace him. I thought his impact would be felt this season after last seasons let down.  Green is out,and now the Celtics have a roster spot. Before the news hit about Green. One of the rumors around was a return from Posey. I'm for his return,but does Posey have enough game to impact the Celtics? I think so,but I'd rather have Green. Jeff provided much-needed youth on the Celtics roster,and it didn't hurt that Green could play the three,and four on the court. Posey played somewhat of the same role in 2008 for the Celtics. He's not the same player,but a return is a must in my eyes. I don't see anyone else in the free agent pool for the Celtics.

 

Would the Celtics be for sure title contenders with Green as the 6th man? They would be in the mix,but without Green do they even have a chance? Green isn't the type of impact player as one of the big four,but you need role players like Green to give added depth. I'm more concerned for Green. But I'm also concerned for the Celtics depth.




 


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Reply paul
9:25 AM on December 18, 2011 
I just think that so much depends on Rondo. He is, more than ever, the linch-pin. When he is at his best, everyone becomes so much better. We need him to raise his game three notches this year. We need him to shoot better. We need him to play with more energy and focus more consistently, driving the ball more on offense, attacking more, and sticking to his man more on defense. We need him to lead more.

It's not at all clear that Rondo is ready to do any of those things. Coach Calipari said that he has been working hard this summer and that he'll have a breakout year. That's encouraging. His body language and attitude have been that of someone who feels revived and energized. The way he handled the Paul Trade fiasco was generous towards Ainge, confident and determined. All that is good. Apparently, he played pretty well in the first scrimmage on Friday.

But there has been no indication whatever that Rondo has been working hard on his shooting, there has been no sign that he is aware that his game lacks anything; there is no indication that he is willing or able to carry a bigger load on offense. I said that there is no indication that Rondo is aware that his game needs to improve, but that's not entirely true. He HAS indicated that he needs to be more of a leader, but even here he shows ambivalence, stating that 'he never wanted this role'.

WE HAVE NO IDEA AT ALL WHAT RONDO WE ARE GOING TO GET THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!! That's scary, isn't it? This kid has that wonderful ability to make everyone better, and he seems to have loads of vision. He is the key to our season. And his history tells us that we can be sure that he will step up his game this year, as he has done every year. But right now, it's a mystery.

If this team gels, it can still be strong, even without Green. Green was a key guy to a more athletic and faster approach, but he was never the real key. The real key is Rondo. If he takes his game up another notch, we can have a fine season. If he doesn't? Oh man, this could turn into a train wreck.

But I'm not sorry we didn't trade for Paul. I WANT TO SEE how this story unfolds.
Reply paul
10:16 AM on December 18, 2011 
There seem to be two very good Rondo signs from the scrimmage, in particular.

1) It looks like Rondo and Jermaine are already feeling each other. THAT could be big.

2)Rondo's shooting stroke looks a LOT better.

Highlights:

http://www.celticsblog.com/2011/12/17/2643714/celtics-scrimmage-h
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Reply GeeZeeCeltics
12:36 PM on December 18, 2011 
paul says...
I just think that so much depends on Rondo. He is, more than ever, the linch-pin. When he is at his best, everyone becomes so much better. We need him to raise his game three notches this year. We need him to shoot better. We need him to play with more energy and focus more consistently, driving the ball more on offense, attacking more, and sticking to his man more on defense. We need him to lead more.

It's not at all clear that Rondo is ready to do any of those things. Coach Calipari said that he has been working hard this summer and that he'll have a breakout year. That's encouraging. His body language and attitude have been that of someone who feels revived and energized. The way he handled the Paul Trade fiasco was generous towards Ainge, confident and determined. All that is good. Apparently, he played pretty well in the first scrimmage on Friday.

But there has been no indication whatever that Rondo has been working hard on his shooting, there has been no sign that he is aware that his game lacks anything; there is no indication that he is willing or able to carry a bigger load on offense. I said that there is no indication that Rondo is aware that his game needs to improve, but that's not entirely true. He HAS indicated that he needs to be more of a leader, but even here he shows ambivalence, stating that 'he never wanted this role'.

WE HAVE NO IDEA AT ALL WHAT RONDO WE ARE GOING TO GET THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!! That's scary, isn't it? This kid has that wonderful ability to make everyone better, and he seems to have loads of vision. He is the key to our season. And his history tells us that we can be sure that he will step up his game this year, as he has done every year. But right now, it's a mystery.

If this team gels, it can still be strong, even without Green. Green was a key guy to a more athletic and faster approach, but he was never the real key. The real key is Rondo. If he takes his game up another notch, we can have a fine season. If he doesn't? Oh man, this could turn into a train wreck.

But I'm not sorry we didn't trade for Paul. I WANT TO SEE how this story unfolds.


Co-sign all of this. The biggest factor for this team is Rondo.

As for the player the C's should target - I'd take a shot at Michael Redd. Taking a risk with him seems to be better than taking back a largely ineffective Posey. Yeah, he may find his game again in Boston, but I'd take Redd anyway. Best case scenario - Redd provides shooting from the bench, worst case scenario.. he's a Posey at SG. I don't think Redd would be worse than Posey at the moment.
Reply paul
1:03 PM on December 18, 2011 
I know it sounds crazy, and I know it wouldn't give us a 3/4, but I'd like to see them bring Iverson in. If there is a chance that Iverson has found a little elder zen, he might be able to teach our young guard crew, especially Rondo, a little moxie.