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Rondo says this Celtics team more talented than 2008

Oct 2, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

Rajon Rondo AP

There is a whole lot of optimism in Boston about this Celtics team.

Because they made a run all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, then brought back Kevin Garnett (who played fantastically in the playoffs), then got deeper and better with the addition of guys like Jason Terry and Courtney Lee.

How much optimism? Check out this quote from Rajon Rondo, via CSNNE.com.

“I believe this team is more talented than that team,” Rondo said. “But the key to the 2008 team is that everyone bought into the system….

“Guys probably won’t play their normal amount of minutes that they have in the past because we’re such a talented team.”

That 2008 NBA championship team had Kevin Garnett playing at a consistently higher level than today’s KG (but he can turn it on for stretches), it had Ray Allen, James Posey and Kendrick Perkins scowling in the paint. But the 2012-13 team has a better Rajon Rondo, and more depth with Terry and Lee and Jeff Green.

If KG doesn’t slide backwards too far and Paul Pierce continues to play at the same level, this year’s Celtics may be better. The problem: The mountain between them and an NBA title this year is much harder to climb and much steeper. They could be better and still not reach their goal.

  1. finsfrenzy - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    This is worse than the “dreaded vote of confidence” when someone says they believe their “new” team is better than the team they won a championship with in the past……awful

  2. therealhtj - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    He probably also believes they would’ve made it out of the 2nd round last year against a Bulls team with a healthy Derrick Rose.

  3. hehateme2 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Won’t matter- they won’t get past the Miami Heat. Enjoy the past celtics.

  4. GT - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    …and anyone who’s been injured is in the “best shape of their career” this season.

  5. kinggw - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Oh look, another Celtics are going to be better than you think story. Last year’s playoff run was the worst thing to happen to the C’s. They now have outsized expectations based on a fluke run.

    This team isn’t as talented as the 08′ team and its not close. This team is depending on Pierce, Garnett, and Terry ( all 35 or over) to play at high levels on a nightly basis.They are also counting on Lee, Green, and Bradley to raise their games. Many C’s fans will tell you that Avery Bradley is an all-star to happen, despite the fact he’s only started 28 games in his career.

    The facts are that Boston is a middle of the road team in the East. They clearly arent in the same league as the Heat. Indiana, Brooklyn, and New York are going to be better than Boston; Philly and Chicago may also be as good as the C’s or better. On paper the C’s look to be formidable, but do you really trust past their prime stars, a group of largely unproven role players and a petulant yet talented point guard to take them far? They should be happy with a 4 or 5 seed all this talk of them being legitimate contenders is nonsense.

    • nycalldayz - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Your hands must be tired, because you wasted your time typing nothing. The only argument u made that is true is: “This team isn’t as talented as the 08′ team and its not close”.
      Everything else you wrote just sounds like sour grapes coming from another team fan, I’m guessing Heat, Bulls or Lakers fan that dislikes the Celtics. Good bye.

    • passerby23 - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      There are no “facts” given the season hasn’t started yet, in almost every power ranking out there Boston is in the top 5 or 6. Rondo is right, they have more talent now than in ’08. I agree with Helin though, the problem is other teams got better too. I still have the Heat ahead of them and, as of now, I have the Lakers winning the West. But Boston is very close behind and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were to beat the Heat. Yes, Pierce and Garnett are older and are still big pieces to the puzzle, but now they have the luxury of only having to log 30-32 minutes a night to be rested for the playoffs. Boston will be second in the East.

  6. paulhargis53 - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    How cute 5 of 5 comments from Heat fans.
    You SHOULD be worried about this team.
    Heat may have the big names, but Boston is better
    1through 15.,_LeBron, Wade and Bosh can’t be on the floor all 48.

    You got all year to talk, just don’t be suprised when Miami isn’t playing for the crown

    • mrcuret - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Well said! This so called Miami Heat “fans” (I’m sure most of them became fans the moment Lebron joined the team) are just plain morons. They talk about Boston being old with Pierce, KG & Terry, but they are relying on a 37 yr old Allen (who can’t even stay healthy anymore) to help them repeat as champions. Lol!

      • eventhorizon04 - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:27 PM

        ^Lifelong Celtics fan since 2008

        And Allen is a bench player, while KG and Pierce are starters.

      • borderline1988 - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        Heat>Celtics.

        There’s just not much more to say, unless proven otherwise.

        And I’ve heard enough of Rondo talking. If he really wants to prove something – how about leading the Celtics to a playoff win over Miami? How about not pissing off his respected, sure-fire HOF teammate with his petty, arrogant punk attitude, so much so that he leaves town for a hated rival?

    • GT - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      I’m no heat fan, just making a funny. The C’s are going to be very dangerous amongst the contenders. They’re not sleeping or under the radar, but LA, MIA, OKC and even CHI get more love from the mainstream.

      Ainge did about the best job he could possibly do in the offseason with all of his constraints.

  7. nycalldayz - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Look, I like Rondo, but he’s wrong. This current team is better than the previous teams the past 3 or 4 seasons, but not close to 08′ team. I think this current Celtics roster has the potential to do good things. I think Rondo has been doing too much talking this off-season. A little less talking and more playing will be better for Rondo’s confidence and team.

    I’m not like some of these other internet trolls that come on here with sour grape intentions looking to troll about other teams and players. I give credit where it’s due and the Celtics are contenders on paper. Yes, on paper! There’s a difference between looking good on paper and playing like a contender throughout an 82 game season.

    There’s a lot of teams in the EAST that has flaws just like any other team. The Heat are the favorite to win the east and go beyond, but there’s still questions surrounding them and Heat fans need start being realistic and get off the honey moon. You’re team as a franchise has 2 titles, nice, but nothing compared to BOS, LAL, SA. Wade is starting to show signs of slowing down, because of age and injuries. The Heat bench is getting older and not one person on their bench can create. Can Lebron be consistent?

    Miami Heat barely defeated the Celtics in the 2012 ECF. The 2012 Celtics were a year older, depleted with injuries and had a horrible bench except for Ray Allen. With or without Bosh, the so-called “old” Celtics pushed Miami 7 games. Nothing to be bragging or proud of Heat fans. Bulls couldn’t win the first round without Rose, against Philly? A Bulls team that played 39 games without Rose, still held the best record in the league, but couldn’t beat Philly without Rose? Give it a rest Bulls fans.

    The Celtics added depth to their bench, but can this new bench be consistent as the 08′ bench and that question remains to be. The year older Garnett and Pierce are the cornerstone despite Rondo being the new leader, Can they hold up for 82 games? But time after time they’ve proven everyone wrong so…

    Indian Pacers are good, but regressed as far as talent from last season. The Pacers lost Donte Jones, Darren Collins, L.Barbosa, Lou Amunderson, Kyrylo Fesenko AJ Price. Replaced with Gerald Green, DJ Augustine and Ian Mahinmi. How are they better?

    The Knicks are old. OLD! They’re the oldest team in the league with probably a 1yr window to win a championship and that isn’t likely. If Melo and Stat couldn’t pull it together two seasons ago what will make this year any different?

  8. misterdreamer119 - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I cant wait for the season. Wade will get injured always does. The heats role player are sketchy. Bosh manned up last year but repeating is tough. Go Celtics!

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      Well, the Celtics have pulled the, “We would have won the championship this year if not for injuries” excuse since 2008, so I expect that trend to keep as well.

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      2009 Playoffs – If KG wasn’t injured, we would’ve won!
      2010 Playoffs – If Perkins wasn’t injured, we would’ve won!
      2011 Playoffs – If Rondo wasn’t injured, we would’ve won!
      2012 Playoffs – If Bradley wasn’t injured, we would’ve won!
      2013 Playoffs – ????

  9. lakerluver - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    LAKERS v. Celtics for the 2012-13 NBA Title. Believe it!!!

  10. azerortop - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Hey, heat FANS , go comment on your own posts…..are you tired of kissing bronbron ass? Btw, how are wades knees and benedict allen s ankles?

  11. money2long - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    i wonder which of the ‘most talented teams in the nba’ will disappoint and struggle the most this season. for the last 3 seasons, a bunch of observers have nominated the spurs as that team. but they’ve continually impressed by season’s end. the mavs came close to missing the playoffs as well.

  12. halfbaht - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    This team is more talented than the 08 team. Not individually, but as a whole, undoubtedly and that includes Darko Milicic. And as for all the heat fans calling the celtics old. The Celtics roster got younger this year, the Heat roster got older, even more older than it was last year and last year, they were older than the celtics.

  13. manotas211 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    So many weak ass Celtic fans on here. You know damn well the Celtics can’t and won’t beat the Heat. You guys are still hurt cuz R. Allen left to Miami. Don’t hate the man he was just fed up with Rondo’s arrogant’s punk ass. Ray’s a smart man, if you can’t and won’t beat them join them. Haha. Dwell on that Celtic’s fans.

  14. manotas211 - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Just like Ray Allen I can’t stand Rondo. He’s an arrogant punk. And all you Celtic fan stop hatin on Ray for leaving to a winner. Get over it already. R. Allen is smart. He knows best if you can’t and won’t beat them join them. Hahaha. Dwell on that Celtic fans.

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