Re: Houston Rockets May Make Offer for Rajon Rondo!
posted at 7/8/2013 12:31 PM EDT
If so many other teams in the NBA appears interested in RR, why is it that people here want him to go? I understand the criticisms, but other teams are well aware of his personality and weaknesses, but they still want him? Why? I would imagine it has something to do with basketball and winning. Because of a couple of incidents is he really so toxic? Ray Allen always wanted the ball, and for his prior career, he got it. Once he arrived in Boston, it was apparent that he'd have fewer touches but a chance to win, and both occurred. But he still ached for the days of unlimited shots and being the go-to guy, and when the ball found its way to PP or KG or even Posey or House for that matter, it didn't sit right with him. He left for the Heat to win another championship, not to get away from Rondo. Ray Allen is an adult, and life decisions for adults are not usually about singular conflicts with a co-worker who is just one among many. Doc didn't leave because of Rondo either. He left to win (sooner) and not to coach losers, even for a couple of years - likely more. He had enough years on his Boston contract to build a team but maybe not to see that team win a championship. Where would he get satisfaction - seeing Melo catch a ball cleanly and be able to move his feet on defense? Big whoop.
The other side of the coin is Rondo making the Celtics better again sooner than without him. Making other players better is one thing a good PG is supposed to do, and the rest, scoring, rebounding, come second. But yet, RR can be a scoring difference in just about any game he wants to be, and can rebound well for a PG. Some make an assumption that his assists are stat-padding, but having a so-called "star" give up the ball that much is an anomoly in today's NBA. Each year, his shooting has improved and will likely continue. Compare his stats to Parker's and their first six years as starters are eerily similar except Rondo has many more assists. Were he truly selfish, his shooting would take precedence over distribution; it doesn't, so he's not.
If he were traded, the Celtics' rebuild would be shockingly different - they have no other PG; none, not any. They have no one to competently bring the ball up. The team would not just be tanking, it would also be sending up flags of defeat before each and every game. With a team like that, no one would really want to play for the Celtics, even its current players. Everyone would be demoralized and, even if the Celtics were lucky in the draft, they'd have no one but draft picks playing for a coulple of years each; any player with an expiring contract would get out as fast as possible. Rondo changes that scenario unless the Celtics can acquire a top five PG. Right. Keep him, build faster, and win is probably what Ainge is thinking. Rondo is not a savior, but he is a difference-maker, and the Celtics' timetable for a return to championship caliber is predicated on that difference.
"They don't put Ws and Ls on the paychecks" - Sidney Wicks