It’s been more than a month now, and we’ve all seen what we’ve seen. So . . . are the Celtics a better team without Rajon Rondo, or aren’t they?
It’s a tricky question that neither Doc Rivers nor Danny Ainge could possibly take a shot at answering in public. To acknowledge that something good is going on that can be directly traceable to the deletion of a player who was supposed to be the cornerstone of the enterprise for several years would create a dialogue no one in the organization could tolerate.
Doc and Danny are in a no-win situation. Rondo’s ego must be protected, even if the credibility of the coach and the president of basketball operations is compromised.
Some say the answer won’t come until the playoffs, the theory being that the postseason is when a team needs the raw talent that only the Chosen Few possess. Look around, people say. Who else can give you the routine major league triple-doubles Rajon Rondo has made his signature in April, May, and June?
Truth be told, Paul Pierce can, especially in the absence of You Know Who. Putting the ball in The Captain’s hands is not a bad way to go.
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