The fine folks over at ESPN.com asked Brendan Jackson and myself to join up with other parts of the TrueHoop Network to tackle a variety of questions on the C’s and their future after the season-ending injury to Rajon Rondo. Some good questions and takes in here from everyone, and as you can see I went against the grain on a few of them, so curious to hear people’s feedback on that as well as on the national take on a few writers from afar. A sampling of the answers:
1. Fact or Fiction: This is the end of an era in Celtics basketball.
Danny Chau, Hardwood Paroxysm: Fact. They’re a team loosely held together by the erratic genius of Rajon Rondo. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have been evading twilight for years, and won’t be able to will themselves out of this impossible situation. A lot can happen in the year it’s expected to take to recover from an ACL tear, but whatever happens likely won’t be what we’ve grown accustomed to in Boston.
Brendan Jackson, Celtics Hub: Fact. It’s highly unlikely that the Celtics can compete for a championship without Rondo. That gives Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett little incentive to keep the band together. It’s hard to imagine either starting over with a new club at this point in their careers, so the possibility of either retiring at the end of the season shouldn’t be dismissed.
Danny Nowell, Portland Roundball Soc.: Fiction. Yes, this is a setback, but the team was mediocre before the Rondo injury. The era was already dwindling to a close after the Ray Allen trade and this season’s lacking effort, so it’s hard to call this a definitive turning point.
Brian Robb, Celtics Hub: Fiction. While Rajon Rondo is the most talented player on the Celtics right now, this era in Celtics basketball is predicated on tough defense, Garnett and Pierce much more so than Rondo. As long as this team plays defense like they did Sunday against the Heat with KG on the floor, this era isn’t over officially.
Justin Verrier, ESPN.com: Fiction, but only because, to me, this era ends when each member of the Big Three is no longer in Boston. Rondo has been the driving force of these Celtics for some time, but he was only a supporting player when the franchise changed course and reassumed its position among the NBA’s elite. Besides, he’s not going anywhere, especially now that he’s damaged goods.
To check out the full post, head on over to ESPN.com for additional thoughts on whether the team should trade KG, Rondo and whether Boston will make the postseason with their current roster.
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