|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 14, 2012 at 5:00 AM|
One, there shouldn’t be a lot of worrying about either the Celtics or Lakers, who have started at an even worse pace than their cross-country rival. • Two, the Celtics will go as far as Rajon Rondo can take them. Not exactly news, perhaps, but Walton has also attached a qualifier to his opinion.
“Rondo can be the best point guard in the league,” said Walton, who took in last night’s game after speaking at a spinal fusion seminar during the day. “I think he’s also capable of being the best player in the league. Nothing was a lock with Miami last year, and he nearly made the difference last year.
“The Celtics are going to be fine, because it’s early, and the NBA is all about having the best players. They have a great coach in Doc Rivers, and they also have Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. But now the challenge is on Rajon Rondo to be that player. They need him to come out as the best player every night. When I was playing, that player was Larry Bird.
“I’m a huge Rondo fan. He’s a classic Celtic, because the game isn’t about stats to him. But to be an MVP-type player you have to do it every night.”
I agree of course that Rondo is capeable of being the best in the league. He needs to rack up wins this season to be in the talk of MVP. I think Rondo is getting close. The Celtics want it, but they need to execute. It's no new news that the Celtics need Rondo to be a top five player to win it all. He's right for point out that he needs to be Larry Bird as well. Not to be like Bird, but to have the same passion, and the same will to win.