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Celtics Morning Joe: Cousy backs Rondo

Posted by shawn cassidy on February 27, 2013 at 5:00 AM


The Celtics are 10-4 since Rondo left the team. You could say that their is a divide in some fans about the state of the Celtics. Some believe the team is better without Rondo,and some like myself believe the Celtics are better with Rondo. Just because I believe the Celtics are better with Rondo. It doesn't mean that I think the Celtics won't compete for the title. But to set the record straight. Bob Cousy shed some light on the Celtics without Rondo.


“Obviously, I have probably an inflated opinion of the point guard value in this game, It’s like driving a car without a designated driver.” “I’m very high on Rondo,” Cousy said, “and you can’t take a point guard like that out of the lineup and have everything remain the same and have them continue to win. I bet by the end of the season, they will have lost more than they win without Rondo.”


“That was probably the wrong thing to say to me,” Cousy said, “because I was intense and to some degree I was a control freak. If you’re running the show, you’ve got to establish your authority. If you take control, it helps the overall confidence of the team. It helps the coach to know that he’s got a coach on the floor, and it gives the ones who are insecure a crutch to lean on. “The cool, the lackadaisical, the lack of passion or intensity to me is much more of a negative than being overly intense.”


Rondo is the Cousy model, and Bob has said nothing by kind things about Rondo throughout Rondo's tenure in Boston. Rondo's on pace to pass Cousy in all-time assists, and in 2010 Rajon set  a new franchise single-season record for assists. The legends of the game love Rondo. I take that more serious than a guy like Bob Ryan who makes a living off of trashing Rondo. We've been saying it here for awhile, but we know Rondo needs to come back in a different manner. His defense dropped off considerably,and he needs to be more assertive with the team. But without Rondo the Celtics future looks very dim.

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5 Comments

Reply paul
7:18 AM on February 27, 2013 
Thankyou Cousy. He didn't come right out and say it, but Rondo's teammates let him down, and I still claim that Pierce is to blame for that. They acted like they could just wait Rondo out, rather than adapt to his game. How would they have felt like they could do that if there wasn't someone else on the team acting in a way that made room for such thoughts? And would KG be that someone? No, I don't think so. Someone led the new guys to believe that they could essentially blow off Rondo and it would be cool. I'm not saying that anything was said outright. Maybe it was more an attitude.

But Rondo himself fed into this by refusing to adjust his defense. As (in my view) he showed in that Jenkins interviewed, by mentioning Perkins, however justly, he has continued to think of the defense as functioning like it did when KG was in his prime still, and Perkins was here. He refused to recognized that he had to stop the ball a lot more, and control his opposite number a lot more.

And then there was that awful Clippers game, where Rondo clearly lost the team, I'd say. But how different might this season have been if the new guys had played in a way that correlated with their words, which were all about how much they looked forward to being arrows in Rondo's quiver?
Reply Franklin
11:12 AM on February 27, 2013 
I think its safe to say to blame everyone. Nobodys hands are clean. Is that what your kind of saying Paul? I been listening to u since the injury. I agree with u. I don't Pierce dislikes Rondo,but Paul like many of us fear change,and it was hard for him.
Reply C'slife
3:34 PM on February 27, 2013 
Cosuy has a good eye for talent. Great to see him say the Celtics are worse without him. But I think most old greats would say the same.
Reply paul
10:47 PM on February 27, 2013 
Franklin says...
I think its safe to say to blame everyone. Nobodys hands are clean. Is that what your kind of saying Paul? I been listening to u since the injury. I agree with u. I don't Pierce dislikes Rondo,but Paul like many of us fear change,and it was hard for him.


Right on, Franklin - I agree with all of that - well said!
Reply paul
10:48 PM on February 27, 2013 
Cslife, i love how Cous has been stepping up to support Rondo!