Re: Rondo the conclusion
posted at 4/29/2013 12:38 PM EDT
In response to 37stories' comment:
Right. this team would be better with any decent pg. Which Rondo is.
So you agree with the OP apparently.
i agree half heartedly with the above statement. but the very idea that rondo exclusively is "CRITICAL" to this team's success is ridiculous. our offense never was more soothing than poking my eyes out with knitting needles than the last two years as old rondo perfected his "self-relevance" offense at the expense of the team- bring the ball up the floor? yep! check, okay. then hold it, hold it, hold it and watch everyone die a brutal death running 3 times the routes they need to.
why hold it? because once you give the rock up and cut away from the ball you're like teats on a boar- useless. THAT is not critical to celts success. the FUNCTION of bringing the ball up the floor safely is critical to our success. the problem with rondo is that once the ball is delivered up floor he has become a boring, myopic, ball smothering freak and our offense of 4-seconds-or-less-when-you-finally-heave-a-desperation-shot is the worst possible fare for an aged roster- rondo's speed is self-negated and all of our olds work harder than they have to.
what's worse than that is that the QUICK YOUNGS on the team- green, bradley, lee are further subjugated in the half court set (low tempo, lower field goals attempted = you have to get KG & Pierce their "touches" first, eh?) and IGNORED as far as their potential to contribute to an UP TEMPO game.
think celtics ca. 1991- we were OLD. but we had gamble, lewis, brown who could run out and get some easy hoops. it's the only reason why we were eastern conference finalist relevant. rondo's selfishness managed to play us out of that type of relevance because the youngs got zero run outs. and compared to the last OLD celts team, we had no rondo back ca. 1990- just fat bagley and dee brown who was a midget 2!!!
in other words, this team should have done a WHOLE LOT of running these last couple years. instead we've done almost none. some of that is our rebounding prowess problem, but much of it lies within rondo's head