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We asked 18 writers from eight of our favorite Celtics blogs who
would emerge as Boston's Most Valuable Player during the 2010-11 season
and fifth-year point guard Rajon Rondo was the runaway winner, with 89 percent of the vote.
many of our panelists grappled with the decision to pick one player,
one going so far as to offer a team MVP selection, the only other player
to garner a vote was Kevin Garnett.
Whoa. Talk about "alone on an island."
Here are our responses to Forsberg's question:
KG is the fuel for the defense. Without him, they can't win a title.
It's a very simple saying that we've been saying for a long time now:
"As Rondo goes, so go the Celtics." Rondo is the engine that makes this
team go. The C's can win if Rondo's off, but the C's can't lose when his
game is on.
Rondo. I don't think there is any debate. He came alive in the 2009 playoffs by nearly averaging a triple-double and also nearly carrying the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals sans KG. It was evident in last year's unexpected playoff run that as he went, the Celtics went. The easiest way to look at this argument is like this: Which player could the Celtics least afford to lose for a prolonged period of time? I don't think you need more than a few moments to come up with the correct answer.
understand the argument for Rondo. I
also understand the argument against KG. "They've played without him for
stretches before. He's slipping. He can't rebound."
But.. KG is still my guy. He's the defensive quarterback. He's the swagger. He's the on-court coach. Plus, I'm convinced he'll be healthier next season.
Rondo is the future of the Celtics. A budding superstar. But for next season, on a team loaded with new egos, KG is the necessary ingredient to win a championship.