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Another myth that got loud traction during the six-game loss to the Knicks was that the Celtics could have saved their season by getting another point guard after Rondo went down on the last weekend of January.
The short answer is, do you really think Jannero Pargo would have gotten the Celts to the conference finals?
The longer answer is, putting aside for the moment they were trying hard for a deal that would have netted them Bledsoe (see above), there just wasn’t a lot to pick from. And for the first two weeks after Rondo’s injury, the C’s still had Leandro Barbosa, who, while not a pure point guard, had picked up his game significantly with increased minutes.
The Celtics were also in a financial crunch, having butted up against the hard cap they had gotten themselves into. It may also be worthy of note that, while, again, they were trying to get a point guard, they had also won 8-of-11 games from the time Rondo was injured until the trade deadline (they would go on to win 14-of-18).
In other words, there is some revisionist anger going on here.
A+ column here by Steve Bulpett. I hope all of the local radio hosts who – despite watching 1 out of 5 Celtics regular season games – expressed a lot of this ‘revisionist anger.’
I encourage you to read the rest of the column as Bulpett gives a bit more insight into the KG to LAC trade rumors and offers a friendly reminder of how ‘fair’ the 2007 deal that netted Garnett was.
In other news, the Celtics lost Assistant GM Ryan McDonough to the Suns:
Overflowing with future draft picks, including six first-round picks over the next three years, the Suns plucked one of the league’s best young talent evaluators. In his decade with the Celtics, McDonough set himself apart with a keen eye for available talent, particularly college and international players in the draft.
McDonough is most notably credited with pushing the Celtics to acquire the pick they used to select Rajon Rondo during the 2006 draft. Coincidentally, it came from his new home in Phoenix.
And for those already thinking about draft, here’s some speculation from ESPN Insider Chad Ford:
Is Rajon Rondo’s future really up in the air? Unless there’s a major setback in his rehab, I’m fairly confident he’ll be in uniform to start the season. What we are seeing in Chicago with Derrick Rose is not the norm. Just look at an Iman Shumpert. If Carter-Williams truly is a top 5 talent, then I guess Ainge should grab him.
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