|Posted by paul on May 4, 2013 at 5:05 AM|
Already fans and blogs are calling out that Jeff Green is the future of the Celtics. Celtics Blog even suggested that KG and Pierce have handed the reins of the team to Green. What is up with this Jeff Green worship? I understand that, as a former star of the Big East conference, he has a big following, but this worship is C-R-A-Z-Y!!! You could see it as soon as Ainge traded Perkins for Green. That move almost certainly cost us a strong shot at a championship, and it has continued to hurt us in the years since, as we have struggled mightily inside the paint, but many or most Celtics fans and blogs didn't seem to care, even though Perkins was a warrior for us, and one of our most popular players. It didn't matter. Jeff Green was coming. The Great One was coming.
Now they are annointing Green the future of Celtics. The guy has played one half of a strong season for us! He hasn't even given us one full strong season! And it just so happens that we have a guy who has been our best player for several years, who has proven over and over again that he is capable of being the best player on the floor, regardless of the competetion, for sustained stretches, and when it counts the most. We have a guy who has been hailed by some of the greatest players in the game today, and some of the greatest players of all time. We have a guy Bob Cousy will defend to the death. We have a guy who looks like, if he ever really hit his stride, he could be someone who just might redefine the game itself. But fans say you can't build around Rajon Rondo. He can do more things than anyone else in the game, but he's 'too limited'.
Is it just that Jeff Green dunks a lot more than Rondo does?
Clearly Jeff Green went a long way towards justifying Ainge's faith in him this year. No question about it. Rondo has already been a key guy, and then the key guy on one of the league's best teams for years. How can folks possibly be so blind? Look at Chris Paul. Supposedly that guy is ten times better than Rondo, or whatever, but once again he failed to challenge for a championship, despite being handed a glory team on a golden platter.
The path forward should be obvious, it seems to me. We start with Rondo, a guy who has proven that you can hang a team around him. Yes he has proven that. Now he needs to prove that you can build a team around him. That's clearly not so far a leap. I think we need to try to bring KG and Pierce back, but both those guys need to step down, in terms of money. KG has already stepped down a long way, but we need a little more if he wants us to bring in help, and Pierce needs to give up a lot. Pierce has to decide if he wants to continue to compete with this team or ring-chase elsewhere like Judas Shuttlesworth. If we are to compete, we need more money to work with. I'd like to see Rondo step it back too. Let's say all those guys set back to 9 million/year. That's still an ungodly amount of money, and it gives us a chance to bring in some talent that will enhance their careers. It's a team game. If one needs to have a mercenary justification for this, then one can think about the endorsement money that flow to champions. Even from a mercenary standpoint, it's not such a crazy idea.