|Posted by paul on August 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM|
Rondo's been shooting his mouth off again. The haters will be out in force. Well done Rondo!
Rajon Rondo is already an NBA champion and a three-time All-Star, but the point guard believes it is far too early for him to begin thinking about where he ranks in the history of the Boston Celtics.
“It is kinda too early to place my mark on where I am in Celtic history as a point guard,” Rondo said in an interview with ABS-CBN News. “But hopefully, by the time I finish my career, I’d be the best to ever play for the Celtics.”
Taken in context, of course, it's obvious that Rondo is saying that he hopes to be better than Cousy. Such a statement is never taken in context, of course. The very article I found it in goes on to say:
Though Rondo is widely considered as one of the best point guards in the NBA today, he still has a lot of work to do if he wants to be the best player in the Celtics’ history.
The Boston franchise is home to some of the league’s most legendary players, including Larry Bird, Bob Cousy and Bill Russell.
No matter. I'd be disappointed in Rondo if he didn't want to be the best Celtic ever. As far as I'm concerned, it's clear that he has the ability. I'm glad to hear that he has the ambition too. Now he has to actually make it happen.
Starts with DEFENSE. Just ask Bill. Ask Dave. Ask Larry. Shout across the lockerroom and ask KG. It starts with defense.
Well, that didn't take long. At Celtics Blog, the backlash has already started:
When you're talking about "the greatest point guard in Celtics' history," obviously the conversation begins and ends with Bob Cousy. Forget the fact that he's the all-time team assists leader. He's a six-time NBA champ and in Boston, chips matter more than personal accolades. Whether or not Rondo can win five more rings is debatable but his goal of one or two is definitely within reach.
So, according to Celtics Blog, it seems, when it comes to legend status, Rondo can just forget about it, no matter what he does. Cousy = legend. Rondo = whippersnapper.
Notice too that according to Celtics Blog's little quick-poll graphic, Jo Jo White doesn't even make the list of possible alltime great Celtics point guards!! DOESN'T EVEN MAKE THE LIST!! Tiny Archibald in on the list and White isn't!
Why do these people hate the seventies Celtics? It isn't just Dave Cowens that gets the shaft these days.
Nesn weighs in too with a shot at Rondo. According to Nesn, Rondo isn't even in the discussion for all-time great Celtics point guard! They manage to include JoJo in the discussion, so kudos to them on that, but this time it's Rondo who is NOT EVEN IN THE DISCUSSION!!
That's a lofty aspiration for the 26-year-old. Rondo is an NBA champion, a three-time All-Star and has evolved into one of the game's premier floor generals, but to say it's obvious that he has a ways to go before staking claim to such a title would be a gross understatement. The Celtics' history at the position, of course, includes the likes Bob Cousy, Jo Jo White, Nate Archibald and Dennis Johnson. With that said, it's undeniable that Rondo is continuing to improve as a point guard. He led the league in steals in 2009-10, and had an NBA-best 11.7 assists per game last season. Perhaps someday, many years down the road, Rondo will enter into the discussion.
Not even in the discussion. Never mind these idjits. Rondo's name is all over that discussion, and I suspect Cousy would be the first to say that.