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Your Morning Dump… Where Rondo admits to taking the Perk trade too hard

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Rondo refused to use injuries as an excuse for losing in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat. But he also believes the trade of Perkins, his closest friend on the team, affected the Celtics “more than it should have.”

“It wasn’t like the man passed away or something,” Rondo said. “I think we put too much emphasis on it. It’s a business. He got traded. He’s very happy where he’s at. We still talk and I’m always going to have his back. It shouldn’t have affected us the way it affected us.”

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I wonder how much "us" really applies to that comment.  Rondo clearly took it too hard.  I wonder who else did too.  KG?  I don't think Pierce or Ray did.  Pierce has seen a million players come and go over his time here and Ray has been traded a few times so he gets the business.  But KG is so emotional that I can see it bugging him and we know Rondo and Perk were tight.  

And we all knew that it bugged this team, but we all also knew that it shouldn't have had that much of an affect.  It's easy to blame Danny Ainge for pulling the trigger on that trade when he did.  But this falls as much on the players as it does him.  Get it together fellas.  You're pros.  

That link goes to a pretty wide-ranging interview Marc Spears did with Rondo.  Rondo also talks about expecting this year's roster to shape up just fine, how he'd like to play with Glen Davis but he gets it if he leaves, and getting Doc Rivers back with the team. 

The only other news out there at the moment is E'Twaun Moore reportedly signing with a team in Italy.

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  • Its hard to criticize the players too much when you think of how bad fans reacted to the trade. Plenty of people were ready to crucify Ainge after the trade happened before we even got to see Jeff Green in action. (myself included) Unlike the fans, the players actually see each other every day and form friendships with each other.
    Not saying that the players shouldn’t take the blame but it feels like the entire Celtic nation overreacted to the news, players included.

  • As much as this story pains celtic fans because many agree, this just goes to show you that athletes are humans.
    Although I do think that the Quisy injury is the real downfall of the season, as they showed his defensive effectiveness.

  • you know it was a bad deal when players from other teams praised the trade

  • I’ve never understood why you are SOOOO committed to defending Ainge no matter what. The players took it hard because the timing made it a TOTAL disaster. No amount of professionalism could overcome the disruption that Ainge caused, plus losing your starting center. Ainge was the one whose behavior was unprofessional. And you know this.

  • Well said. Chicago pretty much said that they felt The Trade cleared their way to a championship.

  • How could the injury to Marquis be the real downfall of the season? It was just one injury amongst many. Ainge overreacted, and you are overreacting to it right now. Marquis was an important bench guy. That’s a lot, but not enough to be anything close to a ‘real downfall’.

  • ‘course, it cleared Miami’s way too, as Chicago found out…

  • My God, are you serious? I’m truly stunned that you are STILL saying this. Really, in your world, it seems Danny can do no wrong. So the fact that we went from probably the team with the best chance to win a championship to an also ran in the space of a month, all stemming from The Trade is the fault of overreacting fans? NONE OF IT IS DANNY’S FAULT?!!!! My God, no wonder our politicians screw us over again and again and again. If we get mad, according to folks like you and the folks who run Reds Army, IT’S ALWAYS OUR FAULT.
    Danny screwed up big time. Call blame on the person who deserves it.

  • sorry you feel this way, but this is how I feel. Sure, Danny takes heat for making the trade… but Rondo said flat out they took it harder than they should. He’s admitting to making a mistake. Why can’t you accept that players should act more professionally in a situation like that?