Originally written January 08, 2013 on NESN.com:
Celtics fans cannot seem to get DeMarcus Cousins off their minds, no matter how dead that trade rumor might be. The salary complications and Cousins’ behavioral issues have been debated ad nauseam, so it is not worth going into those massive obstacles any further. One thing that has been repeated so often in the last few weeks, to the point that it has almost been accepted as fact, is that Doc Rivers and the Celtics have proved they can win with a troubled star. Look at the 2008 team, that argument goes. Those Celtics managed to win with Rajon Rondo, who has shown himself to be sort of a handful for the coaching staff. If those guys could do it once, then repeating the trick with Cousins should be a cinch. This logic originates from a slightly false premise, though. The current administration of Celtics never won a championship with a troubled star, because Rondo was not a star back then. When the Celtics won it all, Rivers’ biggest challenge was incorporating three proven superstar...
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