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Your Morning Dump… Where Pierce, KG didn’t want to leave ‘Do behind

Chuck - Red's Army July 20, 2013 Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, The Morning Dump 14 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. 

“This whole transition, man, we came in as strangers and bonded as brothers,” said Garnett, a person whom Rondo has previously suggested was his closest friend on the team. “And I say that with Glen [Davis], Kendrick [Perkins], Tony Allen, with Eddie House and [James Posey], just a connection with what it is.

“When Ray [Allen] left [for Miami last summer] it was hard for everybody there. We saw Doc [Rivers] leave [for Los Angeles last month], that blew us out of the water. It’s kind of like looking up at the wave coming. And now we’re here so I can only imagine what ‘Do’s going through. Obviously, I reached out to him, told him what I was going to do or whatever. I’m sure he’s dealing with whatever he’s dealing with, obviously he’s trying to get back with [rehabbing from ACL surgery in February].

“Whatever that whole universe and his world is presenting to him… It’s unfortunate. I had to take away that, what you have established as a brother and as a brotherhood amongst each other, is what you take away from it. Although I’m losing a teammate, I have a friend for life. And that’s how I look at it.”

ESPN Boston

Friend for life.

I don’t recall Kevin Garnett getting this emotional when speaking about the departure of Ray Allen last year.

And if you believe even 1/3 of what the media is spewing about Rondo’s behind the scenes behavior, you’d have to assume that KG and Paul Pierce are thrilled to ditch #9 for Deron Williams.

I’m not sensing it.

Pierce and Garnett know they’re leaving a guy so dedicated to the team that he played with a dislocated elbow and torn ACL. A guy willing to confront elite players (Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant) and grapple with someone 7 inches taller and 50 pounds heavier (Kris Humphries).

I’m expecting a HUGE year from Rajon Rondo. There isn’t another option.

The rest of the links:

Herald – Pierce sold KG on Nets | CSNNE – Grande: Celtics found good home for KG, PP | ESPN Insider: Breaking down the bigs

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  • Randy

    Danny Ainge obviously do not know what he’s doing.

    • ShawnCVD

      Randy obviously do not know what he’s talking about…

  • NE_Celt

    Rondo is a warrior and also sticks to his beliefs…right up LG’s alley…not a surprise he would respect that.

    I’m hoping for a big year from Rondo too…hopefully DA doesn’t trade him…his playmaking is one of the most exciting to watch…behind the back dribble to himself is just awesome to see everytime.

  • Chuck Moran

    I dont think Chris Paul deron Williams or Westbrook coulda ame in the league as a young. Player and keep three hall of farmers together rondo is the reason that team worked and I hate people saying he did nothing during th year they won even though he had 22pts 8as 7reb 6st in game six of the finals.

    • Jason_Brighton

      Can you imagine sending Rondo to Minny and keeping Telfair. I’m not convinced we win in 2008, and certainly we don’t have as much success as we did with Rondo.

      Rondo was critical to the big three era of Celtics success. Anyone who disagrees is just straight ignorant.

  • pierce Hart

    I thought this article was about Doc not Rondo until I read the ACL part. Do!

    • zippittyay

      i thought it was about the trainer!

      • LA Flake

        me, too! i was like, what the fu..?

  • Kahnstantine

    Here is an only tangentially related story:
    I was playing ball with an old-timer the other day (Rucker, Soul in the Hole) and we got to talking about Rondo. I told him how some Celtics fans want/have wanted Rondo traded, don’t like his attitude. He couldn’t believe what I was telling him. “He’s too good to trade! Where are you going to get another guy like that?”

    I couldn’t agree more.

  • Mannie

    He did speak of Ray’s departure in this interview though.

  • Sarah

    The KG and Rondo brotherhood has always been one of, if not my favorite, relationship on this team. Truly genuine. I love how they always had each other’s backs, no matter who it was against.

    One of my favorite memories is KG telling Chris Paul to back off, and “leave ‘Do alone” during a game last season. Rondo is his boy and always will be.

  • Frank Aziza

    Rondo is a great team mate, he didn’t get along with Ray Allen in the last season together. He would lead the Nets roster to the finals. Not sure Williams will.

  • Crystal Bouley

    Ahh I’m gonna miss Rondo and KG alley oops! When they were both playing on the court, you’d know the game would stay interesting because the chemistry those two had…it was simply amazing watching them play together!
    Rondo is essential to this team’s success. Granted, they did win a lot of games after he went down with his injury. But as the season progressed, it was clear that the Celtics truly needed Rondo….especially when the playoffs came around. Bradley’s great and all, but he’s not Rondo, and they needed him. Something was missing, they were missing their engine, their motor that kept them running….literally. Rondo was always running up the court, pushing his team to get down the court faster. Some of his best plays came off of his fast breaks.
    Trading him would be a huge mistake. And yes, I get that he’s a stubborn player and can speak his mind when the time comes around. But I think part of that is just him trying to be the leader this team needs him to be. He knows exactly where to get each and every single one of his teammates on the court in order for them to get a clear shot. So, when he comes up with a play he knows will work and no one else wanted to run it, he’d speak his mind and there’s nothing wrong with that!

    This team has always been close. This team has always been acknowledged for it’s chemistry. Rondo can be stubborn but I have no doubt that he was close to his teammates, especially KG. KG took him under his wing when Rondo first got to the Celtics and truly helped guide him during his first few years with the Celtics. I actually believe had Rondo had his NBA start with any other team, I don’t think he’d have found this much success that he has so far. KG (and Pierce and Doc!!) truly helped shape him into the amazing player he is today and they will always be close! I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for both of them.

  • Aziz Peregrino-Brimah

    The brotherhood is why I’ve always been a C’s fan. No other team like it.