I was hoping that last night’s situation didn’t happen so I could foreshadow it, not the league rescinding a trade, but the Lakers acquiring Chris Paul. The reason is that if the Celtics stand pat and watch other teams acquire Chris Paul and eventually Dwight Howard, where would the Celtics future be after the big three leave?
I didn’t want to get into a whole debate regarding which trades or moves the team should do because we don’t know what is available. We do know that Danny Ainge isn’t thinking about 2011/2012, but instead looking at 2015 and beyond. He understands that this ownership group wants to stay competitive long after Paul Pierce retires and maybe Rondo is or isn’t that guy.
Pairing Rondo up with a couple of B-list stars such as Josh Smith wouldn’t be a bad start, but will that be enough to overcome Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles (if they get CP3) and the Knicks? I am not comfortable if the Celtics do not improve for the future because we will end up looking like the Warriors after this season, a couple of good talents but not enough to achieve anything substantial.
Shifting gears from here on why I think the Celtics need to improve, I want to point out that they can in fact build around Rajon Rondo. Pairing Rondo up with Josh Smith and maybe acquire someone else, like a Kevin Martin talent will set Boston up fairly well in the new area of super teams. Rajon Rondo is a warrior and anyone who questions that desire is flat out pulling crap from thin air. See: Michael Felger.
is to forget what Rajon Rondo has done the past few seasons. Does anyone remember playing the rest of the game against the Heat in the playoffs last year after dislocating his elbow? The Celtics came back and won their only game in that series because of his heart, determination, and his desire to give everything he had for Doc and his teammates. Aren’t those the athletes we cherish and appreciate? Don’t we all complain for more of those kind of characters? Boston
We all know of Rajon’s troubles with his attitude in the beginning of his career. Winning seems to solve everything. Rondo has swagger because he knows his capabilities. The veterans have rubbed off on the young star, like when he was trash talking Chris Paul so badly that CP3 actually tried to storm into the Celtics locker room. I don’t know about you, but I want a player like Rondo on my team every day. He is a leader, he is capable of improving in areas of his game that are looked at as a weakness, like shooting and free throws. Well basically just shooting. To write off the under 25, 2 time all star, and NBA champion is absurdly illogical. To come to basis that he can’t improve from a resume that is already better than most will ever have. Ask Jalen Rose how many all star games he has attended. It is crazy to get over the top and be readily to ship Rondo out, but our Plan B to build around Rondo isn’t a bad one either.Jacob Noble 12/09/2011 09:12:00 AM Tweet