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Rondology: Make Way for Jeff Green!

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.

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12 Comments

Reply Franklin
12:35 PM on May 4, 2013 
I think u got some valid points. He's the future because he's the guy we have. He's 26,and he's signed for next three years or so. Plus don't forget this guy was coming back heart surgery. He picked midway when he got his legs back,and when the Celtics changed a bit after Rondo. Green also had a big playoff series against New York. Green can do it all on the offensive end,and maybe Green is used in a mucg bigger deal. Green has given himself either way.
Reply Birdman33
12:36 PM on May 4, 2013 
Rondo is the first choice Paul, I don't think this is Jeffs team by any means.
Reply Celticslifer
1:58 PM on May 4, 2013 
I do think Pierce should think about the money,or competing for a ring. I think your right.
Reply paul
5:54 PM on May 4, 2013 
Franklin says...
I think u got some valid points. He's the future because he's the guy we have. He's 26,and he's signed for next three years or so. Plus don't forget this guy was coming back heart surgery. He picked midway when he got his legs back,and when the Celtics changed a bit after Rondo. Green also had a big playoff series against New York. Green can do it all on the offensive end,and maybe Green is used in a mucg bigger deal. Green has given himself either way.


Franklin, I"m not down on Green. The guy has show a lot towards the end of the season. He has begun to justify Danny's faith in him.
Reply paul
5:55 PM on May 4, 2013 
Birdman33 says...
Rondo is the first choice Paul, I don't think this is Jeffs team by any means.


I can't see how it can be anything but Rondo's team, or that any other approach makes any sense. Why are folks so gaga over Green?!
Reply paul
5:55 PM on May 4, 2013 
Celticslifer says...
I do think Pierce should think about the money,or competing for a ring. I think your right.

How can we continue to pay him like this and compete? It's silly, and he has to know it.
Reply paul
6:19 PM on May 4, 2013 
I don't know, maybe cap rules etc. mean that the Cs can't gain any room this way...
Reply rcraig617
7:47 PM on May 4, 2013 
It's hard to build a team around a point guard. Simply because most point guards especially ones that win are pass first guys so you have to have reallly good teammates to pass to and most point guards can only do so much on the defensive end. Even with a great pg in rondo we still need somebody to guard lebron which is why I think people are so opposed to building around a pg. Yes people would love to have a pg but if he's your best player you most likely aren't gonna win just look at the recent history of the nba. It's either with a bigman or with a dominant wing player. Also the thing with pg's like rondo is when they start going off you can just throw a bigger defender on them. Lakers threw kobe on rondo in the 2010 finals and I think that's one of the reasons we lost that 4th qtr lead and you see lbj guarding rondo down the stretch every series vs miami and rondo can only do so much it's not his fault he's only 6 foot 4 and he might be smaller then that he's just listed at that you can't expect him to dominate a bigger stronger and as fast guy.
Reply rcraig617
7:48 PM on May 4, 2013 
Just thinking i should've made my previous post as an article lol.
Reply C'slife
8:21 PM on May 4, 2013 
rcraig617 says...
Just thinking i should've made my previous post as an article lol.

You should have man. Great points. I agree that Rondo needs someone, and I hope its a big with Green.
Reply paul
8:34 PM on May 4, 2013 
Good idea, Rcraig!

Without meaning to be unkind about it, though, I just think that kind of thinking is nonsense. The times change in the NBA. Of course, there's always a value to building around a big man, because that's just the easiest way to go, if the big man is good enough. Sure. That's just basic basketball. The biggest guy closest to the basket has the advantage. And sure, you make good points about the problems with point guards. Sure. A pg is typically the smallest guy on the court, and that means that he has to use massive amounts of energy, and smarts, to compensate for the advantage everyone else has by just being there. But there's something deeper, isn't there? You need a great player, with a tremendous drive, and a vision for the game. That's what you build around. If you got it, you build around it. You don't go hunting around for the same only in a larger body. I don't know why this isn't obvious. Rondo isn't perfect. No player is. But he sure seems to have those basic requisites. It's true that the taller the player, the less help he needs, generally speaking. Put Kareem with four anybodies and he could win a championship. You can't say that about Cousy, Frazier, Magic, Isiah.... Put a Gerald Payton with a flawed Sean Kemp and he can't win a championship. Give him Sean Kemp's body and he might win ten.

But if you have one of those special players, you build around him. We appear to have one. His name is Rajon Rondo. Green looks like he could be special too, in his own way. Good. That might be the start of something, if he and Rondo can get onto the same page. Then, maybe if Sully can get stronger, so he can unite the force of his determination to create havoc down low with more phsical force, then maybe we have something more.
Reply paul
8:36 PM on May 4, 2013 
I agree, c'slife. Rondo sure needs some help.