Re: Ainge says nobody in draft will turn team around
posted at 3/28/2014 2:09 AM EDT
In response to MitchUnderpants' comment:
For everyone who keeps saying to 'dump Rondo', who do you suggest we replace him with? Are the Rondo haters the same fans that are obsessed with Dante Exum? Do they realize that Dante Exum is also supposed to be a lousy shooter?
I'll be honest, I was ready to ship out Rondo at the tradeline. But then he came back and started putting up the same Assist numbers as he did during the Big 3 Era. In no time at all, he put that argument to rest.
I'm sorry I bashed him. He really is an elite distributor no matter who is on the roster. He also hates Miami/Ray Allen with a passion- which I think's fantastic. You just don't dump a player like him.
Rondo is a keeper IMO. We've all seen what an amazing player he is when you get talent around him. Some expect a Jordan type talent/effort out of Rondo (on a bad knee), and that just ain't gunna happen. Especially with this squad. Those that don't like him keep him under an electron microscope everytime his face or name is shown/mentioned. He's not a scorer. He's an offensive facilitator, who can raise his game to step up in other areas as well. One of the best, if not thee best offensive facilitator. Rajon, Hump, and Avery are the best players we have right now. Sully is coming along (at times has looked like an allstar), and so has Oly of late. What really hurts this team is that NOONE commands a double-team, noone. That, and no rim protector. Rondo and Oly are the only two players I see who like to keep the ball moving/make the extra pass to move the defense. Shame, as soon as we got Rondo back, out went Bradley (or was it a shame? tank, tank, tank). I'm not a fan of the whole "lets dump our top chef because the whole kitchen staff made up of temps, sucks" idea. Nor do I subscribe to blaming or applauding one player for W's and L's (especially when they're rehabbing a serious knee injury). That being said, if the right deal comes along.... in Danny, I trust. So to answer your question, there is noone (creditable) to replace Rajon as our starting PG that I can see. Rondo is good for these young guys. haven't heard any complaints from them. Actually, I wouldn't care if this team of rejects did complain about him. They didn't respect or like Crawford. Tagging him as "selfish". Plus, Rajon is a draw. Who else on this team is?
"But then he came back and started putting up the same Assist numbers as he did during the Big 3 Era. In no time at all, he put that argument to rest."
I remember overly cocky/know-it-all types (some of them) arguing that as well. "only reason he gets all those assists is cause he's passing the ball to 3 HOF'ers"...... oops..... Rondo is just one of those feisty players who will never prove himself in the eyes of some. And I can understand that to a degree. Just not to the point of total disdain, exagerations, and nit-picking. To each their own (sometimes). They know who they are (and I remember a few).
Agreed. Both Exum and Smart are not shooters, currently. Haven't seen Exum play (not really), but I do like Smart. And too, I'm not sure I agree with Danny on this one. Who knew Toronto's trade of Rudy Gay would back-fire and turn that team around? It was suppose to help them blow it up, as their owner was wanting to disassemble. I think a few of these draft guys are a likely candidate to "help" uplift a team to a possible winning record. There's just not "that guy" forseeable. I always say, chemistry is a very funny and unpredictable thing at times. We've all heard the term "who knew", right? Doesn't mean it will happen, but you never know.