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Tom Thibodeau: “There’s really no defense for [Rondo]”

May 17, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

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Tom Thibodeau is the greatest defensive coach of his generation. He was the guy who helped get the Celtics a ring in 2008 at as assistant, he is the head coach of a Bulls team that wins with the “double D” attack of defense and Derrick Rose (well, at least until Rose went down).

So if he’s heaping praise on how you disrupt defenses, you’re special.

And on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday, Thibodeau was heaping praise on Boston point guard Rajon Rondo (as transcribed by

“There’s really no defense for [Rondo],”Thibodeau told the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday. “He’s an offense unto himself. You can defend him perfectly, you can defend their team perfectly, and he’ll still find a way to create a good shot for somebody. He’s a great decision maker, he has great vision, he’s very smart, he knows how to read defenses, he knows what you’re trying to take away, he knows where the holes are, and he was in attack mode right from the start [in Game 3 against the Sixers].”

Doc Rivers saw it a little differently, he said the Celtics offensive success stemmed out of less “random” Rondo improvisation and more them getting the ball in the post and into their sets earlier. That led to better floor spacing.

Still, nobody is going to argue that Rondo’s court vision and skills at breaking down a defense are right at the top in the league.

  1. cakemixa - May 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Overrated headcase. Slightly above average PG dishing it out to multiple HOF shooters, at best.

    • bankai78 - May 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      Dear Moderators,
      Can you please kick Chris Paul off the probasketballtalk comment section. Thanks.

      • doctorhoops - May 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        Put up Rondo’s triple double numbers versus anyone else in the league during the last four years. Any NBA coach would be more than glad to have him as their PG… Except for Flamey.

      • gmsingh - May 17, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        Yeah–in another ten years Rondo’s triple double numbers might catch up to Larry Bird’s.

    • giselleisasucubus - May 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      you are clueless, at best.

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        Clueless is the typical Boston sports fan. Rondo has benefitted from having other players take attention away from him.

      • pistolpeatear - May 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM

        the bozo logic: boston sucks and is old, rondo benefits from having old guys take the attention away from him

    • doctorhoops - May 17, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      I see Mr. Paul has been joined by “Flamey the Clown.” With the the insult seltzer bottle, as usual.

  2. explosionsauce - May 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    No defense for Rondo, ha! Not even the best pg in the league.

  3. giselleisasucubus - May 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Where is the clown? Hiding out until the Celtics run is over? Just a heads up, the latest the season ends is June 28th. I checked, getting married on the 30th and I was worried that WHEN the C’s are in the Finals, I might miss game 7. All set. I called Celts and Thunder. & I am feeling good about my picks

    • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      I see that I am in the mind of yet another loser Boston fan. Keep on crying, you little baby…as your teams continue to CHOKE in the coming year.

      What a loser for scheduling your wedding around sports. They are just games, not real life.

      • illegalblues - May 17, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        you are calling people names on a sportsblog. maybe you should be reading a book? hanging out with the greatest people? do you have gas?

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        Cry me a river, little boy. Sticks and stones? Maybe you can go upstairs and cry to your mommy about the mean man on the Internet who is “calling people names”.

      • illegalblues - May 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        oh man, you are totally 13. you haven’t had intimate relations yet. i get it. it’s either that or you are a sociopath. oh my! you are lonely and this is a cry for attention! that’s probably it. you are unloved and lashing out at a society that doesn’t care.

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Not one original insult in there. Work on getting some new material, crybaby.

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        And “lashing out at a society that doesn’t care”? Odd, given that so many of your fellow crybabies here continue to respond to my posts. Feel free to IGNORE me if you like. Won’t bother me in the least. Bet you can’t do it though. It eats away at you, just like it eats away at the rest of the insecure little New England sports fans who dislike what I post. I get the last laugh every time one of you whiners respond to me. Keep up the “good work”.

      • illegalblues - May 17, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        do you get sexually aroused from trolling sportsblogs

  4. j0esixpack - May 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Thibodeau respects the Celtics and the Celtics respect him…

    But if he were really being honest he’d note that there is at least ONE person who can stop Rajon Rondo.

    That’d be Rajon Rondo.

    (And the only person who doesn’t seem to know that already is Rajon Rondo)

    • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Still waiting to see the MVP award that he will never win.

      • dko83 - May 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        You’re so smart! Great rebuttal for an article where Thibs praises Rondo. Chris Paul has no MVP awards either, must mean he’s garbage as well. Some really good troll work here though, keep at it.

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        Who cares about Chris Paul? I certainly don’t.

      • thetruth1313 - May 17, 2012 at 3:52 PM


        Bozo is right, he doesnt care about Chris Paul…

        He only cares about commenting on Boston sports. If you challeng him on something and he doesnt have a comeback, he will change your name to a gay remark or he will say how jealous fans are of the Yankees.

        Doesnt matter if we are talking hockey, basketball, bowling, whatever it is. Same story everyday.

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        But you are all jealous of the Yankees…been that way for near a hundred years now. Firmly embedded in your collective DNA by the past generations of New England Yankee haters. Feel free to IGNORE me if you don’t like it, onetoof1313. But you CAN’T…because your gross insecurity won’t let you.

      • thetruth1313 - May 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM

        And my point is proven. No comeback so he brings up the Yankees. Seriously onetoof1313? Riiiight…

        And yes I am commenting and its not because I “need” to. I think it’s hilarious seeing your idiotic responses. Keep laughing at us, cause we certainly are laughing at you BlowsForAll!

        P.S- seems the Lakers are choking more than the Celtics. Just sayin’

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 8:18 PM

        You can “just say” all you want. No area has had more chokes in the last year than New England/Boston. Red Sox last fall – CHOKE…Pats in the Super Bowl – CHOKE…Bruins against the lowly Caps – CHOKE, Red Sox this season so far – CHOKE. The Celtics are soon to follow the rest of the Boston area teams soon enough in CHOKING.

        New nickname – CHOKE CITY

      • j0esixpack - May 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM


        This post makes no sense… Yet is still the most coherent thing you’ve ever said… And in fact is the first time you’ve made no reference to your latent homosexual desires for pro athletes


      • bozosforall - May 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        Weak on your part…as in all of your idiotic posts.

  5. Shawn - May 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    If Rondo can consistently knock down the elbow jumper like he has been he will become one of the most unstoppable forces in the NBA. Check out my blog! if you like us on twitter we will follow back! @WSRJB

  6. acdc363 - May 17, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Hmm who’s opinion should I trust? One of the best coaches in the league or a couple disgruntled NBA fans? TOUGH CHOICE!

  7. lemfax - May 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Offensively I agree with Tom. The only way is crack their defense and shutdown the 2-5 position. Coach pop knows that…

  8. redsghost - May 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Huh….Bozo’s on this board as well hating on Boston. Pretty powerful evidence for someone who says he’s not a Hater. Come out of the basement and up to your Mom’s bedroom where we can discuss this some more (knock first though please).

    • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      What would you be doing in my mom’s house (BTW, I live several states away from there)? She’s been dead and gone for twenty years now. Are you into necrophilia? Did you dig up her body and schlep it to her house? Are you a Norman Bates fan of sorts?

      BTW…get some new material. Even Henny Youngman would think that your stuff is older than dinosaur sh!t.

      • illegalblues - May 17, 2012 at 6:03 PM

        oh the old “my mom’s dead” comeback. visionary. are u carlos mencia?

      • bozosforall - May 17, 2012 at 8:15 PM

        Well, she is. Of course, you already know that, illegalgravedigger.

  9. gmsingh - May 17, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Thibs has too much class to slam the Sixers directly, so he just over-complimented Rondo instead.

  10. jolink653 - May 17, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    nothing an elbow to the head can’t fix right ron artest?

  11. hooks52 - May 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    I’d fire thibs just for those inane comments alone.

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