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Cousy: Unless Rondo’s a serial killer on the side, I wouldn’t let him go

Chuck - Red's Army March 3, 2012 Uncategorized 14 Comments

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Legendary Celtics point guard Bob Cousy offered his opinion on Rajon Rondo:

“I’m out of the loop, but boy, unless he’s a serial killer on the side I wouldn’t let this kid go,” Cousy said by phone. “I don’t know where you’d find a better point guard.” 

The 83-year-old Hall of Famer conceded that Rondo, a three-time All-Star, is a poor perimeter shooter who struggles from the foul line, but said, “He overcomes that because he’s such a strong penetrator and a good finisher. He sees the floor well, he’s a force on both backboards, and he’s an excellent defender for that position. I think he touches all the bases.” 

Cousy doesn’t view the playmaker as Boston’s most pressing concern, not with the advanced age of the team’s Big Three – Kevin GarnettPaul Pierce and Ray Allen – threatening to keep the Celtics from legitimate title contention. 

“They’re in the middle,” Cousy said, “and the worst place to finish in this league is in the middle. … I don’t see how trading Rondo would help. Good young point guards are very hard to find.”

This isn't the first time Couz has made glowing comments about Rondo. He's right – Rondo is a tremendous all-around player. But not everyone agrees that Rondo's overall game overcomes his shooting deficiencies.

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  • http://lucidsportsfan.com LucidSportsFan

    I LOVE that quote. How about this list: Bird, Cousy, Havlicek, Rondo, Russell http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2012_02_26_archive.html#418014810954806214

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    i’m fine he’ll never hit a clutch shot/free throw. give him some fresh blood to run the floor and play above the rim, the system will take care of itself. for the money rondo’s a top 5 pg.

  • Manny

    Has anyone noticed how the opponents point guards have been ineffective lately?

  • paul

    Rondo will be an excellent shooter before he is done. He’s someone who keeps working on his game.

  • paul

    Rondo has pretty much stated that he is making a point of emphasizing defense as the foundation of his game right now. KG said it was Rondo’s idea to press the Nets last night.
    It will be interesting to watch the haters digging for reasons to hate. They always come up with something, bless their hearts…

  • paul

    The list of people who seem to like Rondo quite a bit is fairly glittering, isn’t it?
    Bob Cousy
    Magic Johnson
    Kobe Bryant
    Satch Sanders
    Larry Bird (I think Bird was trying to land Rondo for the Pacers)
    Shaq
    etc.

  • James Eisenman

    Paul definitely is Rondo. Either that or he’s Rondo’s brother. The guy is always working on his game but, in all these years, he hasn’t gotten around to the free throw or the 12-foot jumper? He is focusing on defense but rarely guards his man and has given up 20 to nearly every opposing point guard we’ve played? I’m a realist, not a hater. Paul watches basketball in fantasyland

  • Kris

    James, Rondo has improved just about every part of his game each year. You can’t deny that. BTW Whenever you have to say I’m not a hater, you usually are.

  • James Eisenman

    Really? Rondo is shooting a worse free throw percentage than his horrible career average of 62%. How is that an improvement? His defense has been horrible all year, giving up high percentage shots to his opponents and getting our bigs fouls that they didn’t need because they have to pick up his man. Improvement? His turnovers this year, as in each year, have increased. That’s an increase, I wouldn’t call that an improvement, would you? His assiist to turnover ratio last year was 7. 8 last year, 6.1 this year, almost a drop of 2 this season. A vast improvement. Right? His mid-range jumper, okay I’ll say he has made a slight improvement. From terrible to mediocre. These are big deals to me. These are major parts of the game. They are not improvements. They are part of a mental sloppiness that he has displayed over the last few years. It isn’t being a hater to observe realistically. You guys just don’t look at him realistically. You see only what you want to see. I do hate Rondo’s defense. It’s indefensible. He rarely guards his man anymore. Watch him on tape. He drops off his man on the weak side all the time. I hate that. If he’d stop doing that and actually work on his mid-range jumper and free throw, I would love him. But he never does. He does not improve this any season.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    I’m sorry, but there is not a single soul on this site who has watched less Celtic basketball in the last decade than has Bob Cousy.

  • Kris

    “just about” and “each year” did you read that part or did you just see what you wanted to see. Like you obviously do with Rondo’s game.

  • John Dillinger

    Rondo is there best player & trading him would be a big mistake.If the Celtics really want to trade a player, Paul Pierce has 2 or 3 years left & could make a playoff spot virtually unbeatable.Besides,trading Pierce should give the a better player in return.

  • James Eisenman

    LOL. “Just about” “every part” of his game “each year.” What a joke. Just about every part of his game EXCEPT for his defense, free throw shooting, mid-range jumpshooting and ball-handling. Totally unimportant. Each year? His assists are down from last year, his defense is worse than last season, his assists are down from last year and his turnovers are up. Did I miss anything here or are you just full of it?

  • James Eisenman

    You guys are all ridiculous. Rondo is the best player on the team but Pierce would get us a better player in a trade. Do you guys really have any idea how silly your comments are? Why wouldn’t the best player draw the best trade? Especially, when the older player is drawing the best trade. If the older player is better, like Garnett for instance, the other team is usually willing to get you less because you’re only getting a short window of a couple of years. Given that Rondo is 26, if he was the “best” player on top of it, he would generally draw the best trade. Basketball 101.