Re: Rondo sux
posted at 3/13/2014 8:58 PM EDT
It's hard to believe the same handful of people are making the same complaints about the same player, after all this time....
What's not hard to believe, is that former team mates (like Garnett and Pierce) have a completely different take on the guy. So does Larry Bird. So does Magic Johnson. So do MANY professional analysts/former players. Rondo has his critics, and he has legitimate weaknesses, but the pitch of the whining is way beyond anything rational. Having shortcomings is NOT the same as "su/k/k/ing". But it feels good to blame someone and trash on them, right? I feel sincerely sorry for people who let that kind of anger enter into the enjoyment of basketball. I save that stuff for politics and in-laws. Sports are an escape.
The list of great players on teams that don't achieve success is long - and I'm not even implying Rondo is 'great'. I think he's not at that level right now. But I think he can be.
Focusing on PER, or other individual stats, is silly. Good players can wind up with low PERs on bad teams. Below average players can wind up with high PERs on any team, depending on how they're used, and a little luck.
It's sad to me that so many people spend so much energy hating, when at the bare minimum, Rondo is highly entertaining. Can you build a championship team around him? I don't know. The better question is, can you build a championship team around a point guard. Generally speaking, that's not the position that brings in rings. Generally, it's some kind of SG/SF or C. Somebody who can create their own scoring opportunities, score from outside, and make the offense move, is what's critical.
So this is where I agree with Fierce. Rondo's very good, but it doesn't make sense to give him a max contract, or to think in terms of him as the 'best player'. His inconsistant scoring ability is a true hinderance. He'd be worth more to some other team that needs an upgrade, but isn't starting from nothing. I agree that trading him at draft time will maximize our return. I have no idea who WILL take on the role of creator/facilitator, but one way or another, we need to find one, and fast. Either that or somebody needs to slip some adderall into Jeff Green's Gatorade. If we could find a guy with 80% of his talent, and twice the drive/confidence, we'd be better immediately.
I say, enjoy watching a unique player while you can. He's amazing in his own way. If he's traded, I will definitely miss seeing him in action, and I will always wonder whether we could have done it with him at PG. But employing cold, Belichickian logic, I don't think we should take the risk.