|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 25, 2013 at 2:35 AM|
Do you believe Ainge, and
it's okay if you don't. He's a proven deal maker, looking for something
big to ease his addiction. I like that Danny Ainge is the General
Manager of the Celtics. He's got a good eye for talent, even thought
we've seen a few duds in the mix, and some bad trades. One thing you can
say about Ainge is that he's a risk taker, and if that brings another
banner, and a return to glory. Then so be it, but I'm personally not
asking, or wanting a Rondo trade, and frankly I never will.
I see Rondo as the guy to build around, and maybe it's because I see Rondo as a player that's counted out, and as the underdog. It makes me want to cheer for him even more, and it makes me want to see him remain a Celtic through this hard, and tough rebuilding project by Danny Ainge.
Speaking to a small group of reporters at the team's annual Shamrock Gala presented by New England Baptist Hospital, Ainge talked about his team's growing pains, his admiration for the way first-year coach Brad Stevens approaches his job, and offered praise for Rondo's effort in working his way back from ACL rehab.
"I think [Rondo is] doing great," said Ainge. "I think he’s working as hard as he can. I’ve been very proud of him of how he really wants to get out there and I think he wants to get out there, not for his own benefit, but he wants to really help the team. He sees how he’s missed and he just loves to play. He wants to get back for all the right reasons."
Asked if he still envisioned Rondo as the centerpiece for Boston's rebuilding process, Ainge offered a firm, "Absolutely."
Ainge admitted that, through eight preseason games, the Celtics have been inconsistent, but he believes they'll improve with time.
"We’ve been very inconsistent, which I think is typical of a young team that hasn’t played much together," said Ainge. "When they’ve played well, it’s been fun. When they have struggled, I think it’s to be expected, to be fair. Hopefully, they’ll get a little bit more consistent as the regular season gets going."
Rondo must be itching to get out there. This team has been inconsistent. Rondo would of course help the problem. Ainge can worry us, and scare the hell out of us, but I buy what he says right now. He's also a GM that can change his mind, and I wouldn't be surprised if he does on Rondo.