Found May 06, 2014 on Celtics Today:
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I wrote about trading Rondo,and what it means to do that for Boston's future. Two bloggers spoke about the article briefly on twitter Monday morning. @BenjeeBallgame @Celticstoday17 You could also argue that Rondo has less value because there are so many replaceable All-Star caliber PGs.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) May 5, 2014@BenjeeBallgame @Celticstoday17 It's an interesting debate, that's for sure.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) May 5, 2014Rondo's stature as one of the best in the game keeps taking hits. It's a what have you done for me lately sport, and Rondo is behind the ball. CSNNE, spoke about Rondo's stance as a top 5 point guard before the ACL injury, and now Rondo may not even be in the top 10? Rondo is the best play making point guard in the NBA, and maybe even the smartest. But Rondo is flawed in some areas, despite his greatness on the court. Prior to Rajon Rondo's torn right ACL injury, he was widely considered one of the top five point guards in the NBA.Today, he may not even be in the top 10.There's little doubt that Rondo will be a better player next season as his legs continue to get stronger. But even with stronger wheels, Rondo will hard-pressed to regain a spot among the elite point guards in the NBA.The first round of the playoffs was a coming out party of sorts for point guards such as Portland's Damian Lillard, Washington's John Wall, Memphis' Mike Conley and Atlanta's Jeff Teague.They join an already crowded VIP club of playmakers that's led by Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Golden State's Stephen Curry.And let's not forget about Brooklyn's Deron Williams, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving or San Antonio's Tony Parker who has been the best player for the Spurs the past couple of years.Rondo's unclear status among his point guard brethren isn't that big a deal for the Boston Celtics. After all, they won a title in 2008 with him at the helm prior to his emergence as one of the game's best passers. But at that time, Rondo was a player on the rise with a long and tremendously bright future.No one considers Rondo over the hill now that he's 28 years old, but the torn ACL injury has given many a reason to pause before anointing his return to top-5 point guard status.I clearly believe in Rondo, and you know that if your a regular at this blog. Rondo needs to show the world how great he is again. It's going to take some action from Ainge, to give Rondo the players to win with. Like I've said in the past. It's not that simple for Ainge, but he clearly has the track record to get the job done again. Rondo did pretty good with players who missed a lot of shots, and with players that lacked NBA experience.
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