|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM|
It's amazing to me how KG still commands so much respect from other teams at his age. He deserves their respect, and he's been an honorable competitor. He's been around for 18 seasons, and at some point KG will have to walk away from the game, but at this point KG is the second most important player in Boston, and it's hard to put him there sometimes, but at this stage in his career he's just there. Peter May did a column, and he spoke with Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
Thibodeau also noted that Garnett's unselfishness allows Rondo to be Rondo on the offensive end.
"Rajon is a great player and can be very disruptive defensively. But Kevin has his back,'' Thibodeau said. "On offense, Rondo does a lot of penetrating. But it's Kevin's willingness to get back that allows him to do that. He plays like a guard, protecting the basket. That allows Rajon to play on the boards or pick up his ball pressure."
I find that statement to be true. You see it on the court. KG allows Rondo to play the game. He doesn't demand the ball, but KG plays within what Rondo wants to do. Of course Doc will want Rondo to feed KG the ball at certain points, but KG plays a great two man game with Rondo.
"He can dominate a game with his defense,'' said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who was an assistant coach with the Celtics from 2007 to 2010. "How many players can do that? It's not just the athletic gifts of the length, the quickness, the intensity, but also his intelligence. He can read and see things as they're developing. He's the one who's ahead of everyone else."
KG reminds us all of Russell. KG, and Russell built their persona's on their defense. You can check out the rest of the article here if you haven't checked it out yet. It has all the stats you need.But let me leave you with this. All the stats in the world don't paint a picture on KG's true experience with the Celtics.