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Celtics Morning Joe: Parker stands alone

Posted by shawn cassidy on June 8, 2013 at 5:00 AM

I think Celtics fans can relate with the Spurs and Tony Parker fans. Rondo is often overshadowed by the Chris Paul's and Rose's of the world. Tony Parker year after year leads the Spurs deep into the playoffs. He already has three rings, and a finals MVP under his belt. But it seems like he's finally getting attention from the basketball world. Parker may have won the MVP this season if it wasn't for an ankle injury that sidelined him for a month. The Spurs are in the NBA Finals behind Tony's steady play. As much as it pains me to say this. I think Tony Parker is the best point guard in the game. I hope Rondo is taken notes. Parker much like Rondo wasn't the best shooter, but now Parker nails the 15 foot jumper with ease.

Rondo and Parker are the two best point guards in the game. If you go by team success alone. In the past 6 years both have reached the Finals 4 times with a title apiece. No other All-Star point guard can say that, or that they even played in a NBA Finals.

"Never panics, never nervous," said Spurs teammate Boris Diaw, who grew up in France with Parker. "He is always confident in himself. That's what brought him to this level. When we were growing up, when he was a kid, he always had great confidence in himself."

Boris Diaw said that about Tony after his amazing shot. That jumper could mean the series. The Spurs did have a two point lead, but if that shot doesn't count or if it doesn't go in then the Heat may tie the game in the final minute. Tony Parker and Rondo have an edge over their competition because they have confidence and they stay calm and cool under pressure. No offense to Rose fans. But no way does Rondo do that after he's cleared to play. I have the Spurs in six games, and I think this series is telling us a lot about the NBA. I think this league is a point guard league, and it's still a big mans league. The Heat have neither. The Heat did win last season, but that doesn't mean small ball wins on a consistent basis.

Tony Parker is on the verge of a 4th title,and I think that could be the standard for Rondo in this era of NBA basketball. Forget about Rose and Paul. Let's give Parker his due here.

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Reply paul
7:30 AM on June 8, 2013 
Parker is the best pg. No question about it. So tired of hearing about Chris Paul. He's also great, but Parker is the gold standard right now.

And it's not just Rondo who should be taking notes. So should Doc and Danny. The Spurs have an offense that is designed around Parker. Parker has so many options, and he's constantly looking at them. This year we heard so much about how it was Rondo's team, and about how it was designed at least in part for him, but when the season started, that was hard to see. Can Doc and Rondo design new schemes and sell them to PP and KG?
Reply Franklin
11:39 AM on June 8, 2013 
I agree with that Paul. The offense is designed for Parker in so many ways. And he's playing without the ball sometimes.
Reply paul
11:53 AM on June 8, 2013 
I hope that Doc and Rondo and the guys realize that they need to do some work this summer, and most of it is head work. But so far nothing has been said to indicate that they think the design and philosophy of the offense was in any way a problem. We have a great player in Rondo whose talents we have not been taking advantage of.
Reply rcraig617
6:26 PM on June 8, 2013 
The spurs offense is designed around tony parker but he doesn't always have the ball. Him and manu take turns controlling the ball and parker has been playing off the a bit. Also when the spurs go on an offensive drought or the game slows down they can actually throw the ball into the post which we really can't do because kevin garnett likes to shoot fadeaway jumpers or jumpers off the dribble. Tony is a huge part to their success but the celtics don't have the shooters nor do we have the interior offense the spurs have. Even tiago splitter gets a couple of touches on the block every game so parker isn't pounding the ball all game which I guess some players thought rondo was doing this year. It's more then coaching it's some of that but we need bigmen who can score and post and we need guys like terry and lee to actually be shooters like danny green and kawhi leonard are for the spurs.
Reply paul
6:31 PM on June 8, 2013 
For God's sake,I'm not saying that we have to do EXACTLY the same thing the Spurs do!!!!!

I do think that Rondo and Pierce could share the ball more like Ginobili and Parker do. And I want to see us develop an offense that suits our players talents.