|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM|
I've been pro Rondo since my very first post almost 3 years ago. Have I always been a big fan of Rondo? No, but in time he became my favorite player. If I put aside the fact that I'm a Rondo fan, can I look at him in a constructive way? Do I put too much stock into what Rondo can do? For the Rondo fans out there. Your going to deal with other Boston fans who want Rondo out of town, and who probably dislike him as well. I do get the sense that fans who are nor typical Rondo fans, have been longing for him to play this season. Some may have hidden agenda's, like showing other teams how good Rondo still is, so Danny can trade Rondo.
I could type this up until I'm blue in the face, giving you reason after reason on why the Celtics shouldn't trade Rondo. But the final say goes to Danny Ainge, does he believe in Rondo? He says he does, and honestly, until Rondo signs an extension. Rondo could walk, but if Ainge feels like Rondo will walk, I would expect a trade. I feel like Danny is committed to Rondo, I think bringing Brad Stevens to Boston was a sign of that. They've connected perfectly, and at this point, both will enter the next phase of their relationship this Friday. Rondo will finally hit the court in a new system.
I'll leave you with a few reasons why the Celtics need to rebuild around Rondo. Reasons you've seen written by me many times, but here's a refresher.
- How often do you get a player like this? He's the best true point guard in the NBA. If his offense or jumper improve, he's easily in the top 3.
- He's a big time player. He's been one of the best playoff performers in the past 5 years.
- In 2010 Rondo was the leader of this team, and he was the one that got them over the hump. all the way to game seven in the NBA Finals. He knows how to drive a team to a Finals, and he was apart of the 2008 championship team, of course.
- Rondo wasn't a leader, or the leader type during the early stages of his career. He learned the role, and he bought into the role.
I believe that players want to play with Rondo. Guys like Kobe and Melo have wanted Rondo. He makes guys better and he takes a lot of pressure away from big time players. Some writers out there, who are not named Bob Ryan, actually believe the Celtics should keep Rondo.
This is why you build around Rajon Rondo. He turns 27 on Feb. 22, the same age as Paul Pierce when the Celtics tanked in 2006-07. (If you’ll recall, Pierce had his share of detractors at that point in his career.) Any NBA team with championship aspirations needs multiple All-Stars, so what’s the logic behind trading Rondo? Hope two or three of their 29,233,380 draft picks turn into top-25 players? Doesn’t landing one or two with all these assets to pair with Rondo seem like a safer bet?
Exactly, the Celtics had Paul Pierce to help bring guys like Ray and Kevin, even if they were from trades. Kevin basically came to Boston as a free agent. He was the one that said okay to the trade. Once the Celtics landed Ray Allen, KG wanted to come. Rondo is that All-Star that will help Celtics bring in guys. If your a player that wants to get shots, then playing with Rondo is a dream.
Is Rondo a natural leader? Probably not. Is he, when healthy, one of the five best players at his position? Absolutely. Before Boston decides to deal him, they should think long and hard about how difficult it will be to replace him. You build around players like Rondo, who by the way can't be a free agent until the summer of '15. You keep this year's pick, hope the team sinks far enough in the standings to get into the Jabari Parker-Joel Embiid-Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes and you build around them.
The Celtics, meaning the players and coaching staff won't go out there and tank. Danny has taken that burden, I'm still ensure if he intends to tank, but the latest deal may suggest that. The Celtics lose their 6th man (Crawford) for a big man (Anthony) who can't score the ball, and on defense has dropped off. Danny seems hell bent to get this team where they should be before Rondo gets a bit old. He's going to be 28, and his clock is ticking. Rondo will be elite, barring any major injury, until he's 34-35. Basically Ainge has a 6 year window with Rondo, and around 2 years to build.
Ainge, I have a love-hate relationship with that guy. I believe, or want to believe that he's working this hard to build quick. We can't wait until Rondo is 30-31, sorry guys, for Rondo's sake. I hope Ainge is able to get this team back on the map by next year, or the year after. Rondo has earned this team, he's been in the shadow of great players, and now that struggle of power is gone. It's Rondo's time to shine without the "Big 3" around. Trading Rondo would set this rebuild back further. I think it would take the Celtics years, if not longer to recover.