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Celtics Morning Joe: The C's uncertain future

Posted by shawn cassidy on February 26, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Life is full of uncertainties. At times not knowing what to do.Not knowing what to say...Maybe fear is on to us? With the Celtics all-star duo in Orlando, and the biggest free agent target this summer playing along side them today. It also doesn't hurt that Howard assisted Rondo in a windmill dunk, by taking him even higher, like a big brother to a little brother. The Celtics GM, and Head coach will need to become the best pitch man. But the biggest thing will be deciding between building around Rondo, or dealing him for some chumps.

 As the fan I am.I want to fight this uncertainty. I want to feel what is it like to do something with no assurance.I want to say the words that have been left unspoken. I want to feel the things that I haven't felt.I don't want this essence of fear.I don't what to be scared of failure. I want this team to build around Rondo, and hopefully he's the right player to lead the Celtics.


“You sell (to free agents) what you have on your team, and that’s tough to say now because we don’t know what we’ll have on our team yet,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s a hard sell — the tradition and what we’ve accomplished.

“But you also have to have players to get other players. No matter where you’re at, it’s rare that a player is going to go somewhere where there’s no other players. So we want to make sure we have the assets and players that other players want to play with. And I think when that time comes, I think we’ll be ready for it.”

A new dynamic

Ainge has been through this before, and he knows it was far easier getting key role free agents to come aboard when Pierce, Allen, Garnett and Rondo were smiling from inside.

“It’s a different pitch depending on the circumstances,” he said. “The money they’re going to make, the length of the contract and the amount. With every player, that list of five or six things can be prioritized in a different order.

“I think that there are a lot of things in play. The first thing is the quality of your team and the opportunity he may have to win.

“I think another thing — and for every player there’s a different order — is how much money they’re going to make. Then there’s the opportunity they’re going to have to play and fit in to your system and get opportunities for minutes.

“And I think the city is a big factor, and so is how players are treated. All those things are factors.”

I think we all know how great the city of Boston is, but will the free agents pick-up that vibe? The Celtics are the greatest franchise without question, and the money is there. Doc could be the key for any major free agent signing. Doc is known as the player's coach, and I hope he can work his magic.



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Reply paul
10:04 AM on February 26, 2012 
Personally, I resent the uncertainty. The uncertainty of not knowing how good a team we will be, that I can take. In fact, that's part of the fun. But this is a different kind of uncertainty. This is the uncertainty caused the the ever-looming Ainge Express. I realize that for many or most fans - or is it just for the 'sophisticated' fans?, the ones who show up on most blogs and pontificate about trades that should be made, etc.? - the players are just meat. Such fans seem like genteel versions of the British soccer thugs who will beat up anyone with rival colors. Maybe they wouldn't bruise their hands by beating anyone up, but it's all tribalism for them, the thrill of being on the side of the WINNERS. They don't care about building a team, and about watching players develop and grow. Nope. Dwight Howard is a bigger piece of meat and they want him - not him, just the fact that they think he's like the latest race car. Those folks LOVE LOVE LOVE the Ainge Express. There's nothing they like more than seeing a guy like Davis shipped out of town, his career in shatters. I don't care much for Davis, but I get no thrill from his departure and his apparent crash and burn.

Dwight seems to be an interesting enigma. I like his sense of humor and his playful spirit. I don't like the feeling I get that he spends more time flexing in front of a mirror than he spends thinking about basketball. I don't really like to watch him moving around the court. I'd rather watch Perkins, even though Perkins doesn't have 1/100th the talent. I like the aware way he moves around the court.

But I also have the feeling that Howard does have a real love for the game, and that he's looking for the right venue, for inspiration. If that's true, he should think about Boston.

I was watching a new Rondo highlights video the other day. About half the plays seemed to involve Shaq, and it seemed to be making a point. It's a point that Shaq seems to have been making by standing up for Rondo; here you had Shaq at the very tail end of his career when he played with Rondo, and partnering with Rondo turned him into once again a real terror in the paint. What havoc would Rondo and Howard wreak together? ON BOTH ENDS OF THE FLOOR. Avery's pressure and Rondo's gambling would be so effective with Howard back there as the shotblocker.

If anything brings Howard to Boston, the Rondo connection will be what does it.
Reply Franklin
1:58 PM on February 26, 2012 
Lucky us Paul, so far this site doesn't attract idiot fans, who want Rondo's head. But I like what you have to say about Howard, and I agree with you on all of it. His playful ways can bug me though.
Reply paul
2:12 PM on February 26, 2012 
Franklin says...
Lucky us Paul, so far this site doesn't attract idiot fans, who want Rondo's head. But I like what you have to say about Howard, and I agree with you on all of it. His playful ways can bug me though.

I don't know what to make of him. The Enigma must join forces with The Inscrutable One!