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Kevin Garnett: ‘I would do anything for’ Rajon Rondo

Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

It can be a little difficult keeping track of the feuds among the members of the Boston Celtics’ last title team.

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce don’t like Ray Allen. Doc Rivers reportedly tried to fight Rajon Rondo. Rondo said he “didn’t feel anything” when Garnett and Pierce were traded.

It’s dizzying.

But between Garnet and Rondo, it’s all love.

Garnett, via Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:

“It’s always good to see your little brother, man,” Garnett said before Thursday’s game. “I worry about his health. I know he wants to play. I know he wants to help that team. I try to keep an eye out for the young boys [in Boston], just to see how they’re doing.

“I know he’s eager to play, and I know he’s eager to get back out. My only concern is always health-wise. Rondo knows his body, he knows himself. I’m just glad he’s still able to fulfill his dream and play the game that he loves. Anytime, that’s first and foremost. Everything else is secondary.”

“Absolutely,” Garnett said when asked if Rondo being on the court will make his return to Boston mean even more. “That’s a little brother, man. We all grew together. When we grew, it wasn’t something we did minimally. We all gave all of ourselves to each other, and we grew in that. That connection, you grow with it through time, and it’s one of them connections that you look at as forever.

“That’s my little brother. I love Rondo. He knows that, and I would do anything for him. All in all, I’m just happy that he’s back, and I’m just happy he’s able to be healthy and continue to be able to do one of the things he does best.”

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Garnett and Pierce will return to Boston for the first time as Nets on Sunday, and with Rondo healthy, most of the old gang will be participating in the game, and that will make the night even more special.

It’s great Garnett has such a strong bond with Rondo. They won a championship together, and seeing up close the amount of sacrifice it takes to reach that level certainly brought them closer.

But I can’t read that quote – “it’s one of them connections that you look at as forever” – without thinking about Ray Allen, whom Garnett has feuded with the last couple years. Why wasn’t that connection forever?

Garnett surely has his reasons, and he’s entitled to them. That the relationship between him and Rondo has survived Garnett switching teams, especially comparatively, says a lot about how close those two are.

  1. miamiheatdynasty - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Ray Allen was a free agent. KG waived his no trade clause to go 2 Brooklyn. Yet, it is designed to make Ray look like “Judas Shuttlesworth” vs “Jesus Shuttlesworth”. I don’t get it.

    • cruzan80 - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      “Yet, it is designed”. Lol….what exactly don’t you get??? Garnet didn’t leave Doc, Rondo, Allen & Pierce to join the team that effectively dethroned them….Ray Allen did. Was it his right to do so…absolutely. Do all the Celtics he left in Boston have a right to hate his guts….absolutely. Garnet left along with everyone else (Pierce & Doc)…no matter how much Heat “fans” will try to ignore that fact…it’s still a fact.

      • df4a11 - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        Garnett and Pierce being angry at Allen is asinine. He went to a team that had a better chance of winning. Garnett and Pierce, in essence, did the same. Allen did so much for the C”s. No fan or player should be mad at him. It’s childish.

      • sportsfan18 - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Cruz

        But this is ALSO a fact. Garnett said this while he was still a Celtic.

        “KG himself spoke on how it is a business and he understands the possibility of being traded, so his comments that it is all the media fault for the rumors sounds silly.

        “On a last note, I just want to say that I love my situation here,” said Garnett. “I don’t know what y’all sources or whoever’s making up these bull—- — articles about me getting traded to Denver and all these other places. But I bleed green and I continue to do that. And if it’s up to me, then I’m going to retire a Celtic. So I just want everybody to know that, alright?”

        And Garnett and EVERYONE else knew he had one of only 4 full no trade clauses in his contract.

        So guess what? It WAS up to Garnett as to whether he could be traded.

        And don’t say he didn’t know it wasn’t a business as he’s been in the league a long time and was traded from Minny to Boston.

        He KNEW all that and yet he said he’d retire a Celtic, if it was up to him (which it WAS up to him yet he still didn’t do it).

        Kevin had complete control with the full no trade clause and says he’ll retire a Celtic and then skips out of town, again it was ONLY him that allowed himself to get traded.

        Who cares which team Ray or Kevin left for? Did Ray say he’d retire a Celtic when it was completely within his control to do so and then skip out on his word like Kevin?

        Why tell all the Celtic fans you’re going to retire as a Celtic, have it be your control and the skip out on them? Talk about being a traitor.

    • bougin89 - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      I believe, at least from Garnett’s view, they were “still in their championship window” and wanted to give it another go but instead Ray Allen left to join “the enemy”. After last year it was clear that Ainge was going to break up the rest of the band. Pierce and Garnett didn’t refuse to resign/force their way out of Boston, Ainge wanted that to happen.

      That’s the difference. Not saying the hate from Garnett to Ray Allen is justifiable but both players left on very different terms.

      • urallstupid - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        they’re just mad ray got out of the impending trainwreck earlier, to a better team and won without them.

      • bougin89 - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        Ray Allen saw Rondo’s ACL tear coming ahead of time?

      • ranfan12 - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Really sucked because the Celtics were one of the best teams a couple of years ago before the injuries kicked in.

    • skins51186 - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Do you want to guess why KG waived his no trade clause? It was a mutual decision between the Celts and KG; KG wanted to get paid and finish off his career while Boston wanted to clear room for their future talent. Professional sports is a business. When both sides find an equitable solution to the issue at hand, you can’t turn around and call out either side after the fact.

      Ray Allen did what he did, and I personally don’t care (not a C’s or Heat fan). But I completely understand the sentiments of KG/PP/Celtics fans who think Ray Ray sold out. I honestly don’t remember what the C’s offered Ray vs. what he got from Miami, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Celtics offer wasn’t too shabby. At that point Ray is free to make his decision- and KG is free to call him out if wants to do so.

      • rwindham10 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        celts offered double.

    • nikedunks13 - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Ray Allen wanted turned his back on the team. The Celtics traded Garnett, he didn’t demand a trade, he didn’t turn his back on the team.

      • nikedunks13 - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        Ray Allen turned his*

    • kingtotz - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      You have a friend in your team that got presented with a good contract. You wanted him to stay to get another shot at the title but he left your team then went to sign with “the enemy” for lesser money. How would you feel about that?

    • hurricaneone - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      Here is the whole reasoning behind Garnett
      and Pierce for that matter. The dislike for and the
      UNFORGIVEN category that they have established
      for Ray “Jesus Shuttlesworth” Allen. I dont like it
      but I understand it. Its called THE MIAMI HEAT and has very
      little to do with Ray Ray. The Celtics became champions
      “The Big 3″ and their is a special bond in that. The team
      that put a fork in that champions run of finals trips
      and their dominance was “THE BIG 3 on steroids”
      HEAT. That run coming to an end is a big blow to those veterans
      and leaves bitter wounds. Ray step over those wounds while they
      were fresh and onto enemy territory. Any other team he goes to
      is fair game but the MIAMI HEAT. Aghhhhhh! That hurts and breaks
      an unspoken code. To Rays credit and his intelligence the move extends
      his relevance and his career. The man knows how to check his ego at the
      door and gets additional rings for it. Last year he won the Championship for us
      became HEAT Legend this year he officially becomes 2 Time Heat Champion and
      makes memory of ring he won for Garnett, Pierce a distant memory that those
      guys need to appreciate or thats all it will become.

    • rwindham10 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      o. my. god. its not that hard to understand the difference between the RA situation and the KG, PP, and DOC situation. When RA left there were still hopes and oppurtunity for a ship. The celtics took the heat to 7 games that same summer w/o AB and RG was hurting (was up 3-2 with a game at home in game 6). That offseason DA decided to give the group one more go. Doc stayed. KG RESIGNED! and RA was a FA. RA then decided to leave the contending Celtics to go play for the heat. Did the celtics insult him by signing JT? Yes. Did they not court him as hard as the heat? Yes. Was JT a backup plan/ had to do it bc RA did sign or commit right away? Yes. Did the celts court KG harder than RA bc KG is the bigger and more important piece? Yes. Bottom line: RA left a contending celts team for a contending heat team b/c he felt under appreciated, he knew the celts only had one more shot, and bc he believe the heat had a better chance of winning.

      ok now to kg, pp, and doc’s situation. pp option year carreid a ton of money. more than he was worth compared to the chances of them getting deep into the playoffs/winning it all. DA decided that the odds were too much against them and they didnt have the right pieces to compete so rather than waste a ton a money and the future of the team he was not going to resign PP. that then created a ripple effect. doc knew that DA’s decision to not resign PP meant that DA didnt plan to compete for a ship and doc did not want to be part of a rebuilding process. kg saw pp and doc leaving and decided he only had a couple years left and wanted to spend them playing for something. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO danny did his boys and himself a favor by making the two trades.

      the circumstances of decsions are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. RA left as a free agent from a title contending team to be part of another title contending team that was also the rival and the team that beat them in 7 games the year before. KG, PP were traded ONLY after DA decide the team would not compete for a ship but would rebuild…

      YW.

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        I think that only Celtics fans thought that was still a title contending team, for the record.

    • omahakidw - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Because of the Media. They always create controversy when none exist. You`ve stated everything as it has unfolded with regard to “Boston`s Big Three”.

  2. apkyletexas - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    I don’t think anyone on my Spurs team likes Ray Allen all that much either…

    • hurricaneone - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE GLOBE!!!! Got anything to do with that?
      INCREDIBLE!!! RAY RAY FOR PRESIDENT.

    • omahakidw - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      That`s true, somehow they have found a way to move forward

  3. money2long - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    “That the relationship between him and Rondo has survived Garnett switching teams, especially comparatively, says a lot about how close those two are.”

    okay, let me preface this by saying my following comment by no means is a reflection of my feeling of the big 4 breakup in boston. im just stating the speculation that’s out there.

    so that quote is from this article, and i’d like to say that the last part in that excerpt (says a lot about how close those two are), can not necessarily be true just based off the fact the led into that (That the relationship between him and Rondo has survived Garnett switching teams).

    we are only reading garnett’s feelings on the relationship. so we cannot say that the good feeling expressed is a reflection of “how close the two are”. yes garnett switched teams and still has great admiration for rondo who is still in boston. but maybe it’s because garnett is the one that left. so he is in no position to be bitter toward rondo. it’s why ray allen still wanted to be cool with garnett, because he was the one who “abandoned” the group. so it was up to garnett to be receptive of those feelings.

    we don’t have any receptive part from rondo to know if garnett’s words are a true reflection of how close they are. we know this is the case from garnett’s point of view however. and i guess we can take his word for it.

    maybe i looked too deep into it.

    • omahakidw - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Very well thought out.

  4. urallstupid - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    “i’d do anything” cept stay and rebuild.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Lol, he did the most he could for the Celts by bringing back that haul and effectively crippling the Nets from rebuilding through the draft for years to come.

      • andyhr17 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        How exactly would they have rebuilt if Garnett had stayed? They’d have fewer assets, and with Garnett on the team they would be better and their draft pick this year would not be as good. They would have been stuck in mediocrity. Him leaving if what kickstarted the rebuild.

  5. jammer73 - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Both bonafide punks!

  6. timb12 - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Ray Allen went to the enemy on his own. For less money. Garnett and Pierce got out of an impending rebuild. There’s a difference here.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      They were already treating Ray Allen like the enemy when he was on the team – then they insulted his intelligence by offering him a no-trade clause just to keep him away from Miami after they’ve already demoted and tried to trade him. So Ray left the Celtics because they were already on bad terms. Isn’t that completely understandable?

      Garnett, on the other hand, willingly left the Celtics when they were on good terms.

      • andyhr17 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Wow. You have a truly distorted view of reality…..

      • antistratfordian - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        Boston completely disrespected Ray Allen in his final year there. He lost his job while he was injured, which should never happen – but that was only part of the issue. He was also constantly in trade rumors, which is never fun. Then I think the last straw was Doc Rivers lying to him – telling Ray that he was Boston’s highest priority after Garnett when he also told Jason Terry the same thing.

        So Ray Allen felt unwanted in Boston, and can you blame him? Miami, on the other hand, made Ray feel respected and wanted again.

        You know, Ray shouldn’t have had to wait for some other team come to him to make him feel like he still had great value – and genuinely. Boston completely mishandled him and paid the price.

      • timb12 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        I still don’t think you can compare the two. After Ray Allen left, the core had been broken and the good terms or whatever it was between Garnett and management weren’t great terms. Ainge was moving on from that era and it wasn’t just one guy who left to join a team that was their biggest rival, Garnett got Pierce to be part of the deal so he wouldn’t be amnestied or whatever they were going to do with him and Doc left. So the whole era was blown up. There’s a difference between being the first to jump ship and being the last ones. I don’t agree with how Garnett views Ray, but I understand it. That was the first piece in the whole thing getting blown up.

      • bougin89 - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        I completely agree with your points on Ray Allen. I disagree on Garnett though. Garnett left the Celtics because the Celtics no longer wanted him. If they would have kept the team together Garnett would have been all in. Ainge blew it up.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Bogus. He just signed a 3-year extension in 2012. And because of the reality of his no-trade clause there would’ve been very little time spent on considering a KG trade unless it was initiated by him – and it was – via Paul Pierce avenue, who was mostly responsible for making the trade happen.

        Both Paul and KG could’ve stayed in Boston if they wanted to because Ainge wouldn’t have been able to trade Pierce for anything worthwhile unless KG went with him.

        They both took off because they wanted to stay relevant more than they cared about Boston or the Celtics.

      • bougin89 - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        If Ainge wanted to make another run at a championship they(Garnett and Pierce) would still be in Boston.

      • bougin89 - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Also

        “And because of the reality of his no-trade clause there would’ve been very little time spent on considering a KG trade unless it was initiated by him”

        Very little time would have been spent considering a trade to a destination that KG would flat out reject, like the Bucks, Bobcats, etc. You really think Ainge believed trading KG wasn’t possible? You’re not that naive.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Ainge was powerless to do anything about a KG trade, and the idea was pitched to him anyway, not visa versa. So he wasn’t actively out there seeing who could take KG because that just wasn’t an option for him. In any case, the Nets contingent approached Ainge with the idea only after everything was sorted out with Pierce and KG’s commitment to waive his clause.

        The decision to go to the Nets was made before Ainge was even brought into the loop.

      • bougin89 - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Yeah, Ainge just had no idea about the trade, especially when he was courting offers for Pierce and negotiating with the Nets…

        Again, if Ainge wanted to make another run at a championship, Garnett and Pierce wouldn’t have been traded.

        KG, like almost everyone, saw the white flag Ainge was waving.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        No. The writing was on the wall – Ray Allen saw it first, KG and Pierce saw it a year later – it wouldn’t have mattered what Ainge said.

      • bougin89 - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        “it wouldn’t have mattered what Ainge said.”

        This is just ignorant. Pierce and Garnett also didn’t have a choice to leave(Boston owned their contractual rights). If Ainge would have committed to making one more run they would both still be in Boston. Ainge was behind them leaving. He wanted them gone.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        It didn’t matter what Ainge wanted. If KG wanted to stay he would’ve stayed – it is that simple.

        Ainge would’ve been obligated to do as KG asked if he requested a trade considering who he is and his age. He wouldn’t have tried to keep KG around if KG wanted out – so this is not on Ainge at all. The only way he could’ve stopped the KG trade was to say the Nets offer wasn’t reasonable, just saying “I want to keep you around for one more run” wasn’t going to do it.

      • bougin89 - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        “Ainge would’ve been obligated to do as KG asked if he requested a trade considering who he is and his age. He wouldn’t have tried to keep KG around if KG wanted out – so this is not on Ainge at all.”

        KG had no leverage to leave. Boston had all the leverage to keep him. Ainge wanted to rebuild which is why he traded him. He was in discussions to trade him to the Clippers before that was rejected by the league. He was shopping him…

        What are you even arguing?

      • antistratfordian - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Boston had no leverage. He’d either go or retire. Let him leave for something in return, or have him retire and they get nothing.

      • bougin89 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        Ainge wanted to trade Garnett and Pierce. Ainge wasn’t obligated to do either. They both would have come back to play for Boston. Ainge wanted to rebuild/get draft picks or young assets for them. And he did just that. Garnett didn’t force his way out of Boston as you seem to put it. Teams knew Garnett was available, that wasn’t by accident. Garnett could have blocked it but for what reason? They didn’t want him.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        I don’t even know what we’re arguing about anymore. They didn’t want Ray and they didn’t want KG and Pierce so they all left. Is that what you’re saying?

        So what’s the problem?

      • bougin89 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM

        I’ve been basically saying what you just wrote above all along. Ainge wanted them gone, so he traded them.

        Did we actually just agree on something?

        Well this is awkward.

      • borderline1988 - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        Let’s stop over-analyzing.

        You could be the most die-hard Celtics fan ever, but you’d still be an idiot if you think Kevin Garnett’s feelings are 100% rational and not based purely on emotion. The guy is a bit crazy – hey, maybe that’s part of the reason why he is truly one of the most complete power-forwards to ever play the game and maybe the best pick-and-roll defending big man ever.

        The coldness to Allen is irrational, especially considering Garnett himself agreed to leave the following year. The team simply wasn’t going to compete for a championship anymore; true they made it far the year before, but I doubt they could have beaten Indiana last year, let alone Miami, even with a perfectly healthy roster plus Ray Allen.

        Ray Allen was smart to leave a year early – he got to play an integral role on a championship team. Garnett and Pierce wasted one of their older years screwing around on a Boston team that was going no-where regardless of Rondo’s injury (they actually played better basketball after Rondo was injured). Good for him, time to move on

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:36 AM

        IDK andy, anti’s right. BOS completely disrespected him his last year is an accurate summary.

      • andyhr17 - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:21 AM

        Completely disrespected him by moving him to a 6th man role to boost their bench scoring? And then he signs with the Heat….to come off the bench? Where is the disrespect? They did what they felt they needed to do to help their team. Yes, they explored trades, but they never traded him. he attitude of “Hey you thought about trading me! How can you dis me like that??” Is complete BS.

        The sour taste in Celtics’ fans mouth is the fact he left to go to their biggest rival who they nearly defeated in the playoffs while taking less money to do it. He could’ve gone to any other team, minus the Lakers, and it would have been a non-issue.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        Completely disrespected him by moving him to a 6th man role to boost their bench scoring? And then he signs with the Heat….to come off the bench? Where is the disrespect?

        Are you out of your mind? They benched a Hall of Famer who was still capable of being a game changer in favor of some greenhorn like Avery Bradley. Yes, Rivers thought it was best for his team, but he only made the decision out of desperation and he was just… wrong. And Rivers should’ve known better than to allow a legend like Ray Allen to lose his starting spot to a nobody while out with injury.

        And in Miami he’s not behind the likes of Avery Bradley – he’s behind another Hall of Famer who is closer to his prime in D.Wade – so that’s a lot easier to stomach. Plus, you’d feel better about it if it was your choice – not someone else forcing you to do it – and in Miami it was his choice.

        But Rivers needed to take a ride or die approach with his Big 3 – that was the only way anything would work in Boston – the moment he benched one of them, it was the end of that era.

        (…the fact that they signed Jason Terry while also trying to sign Ray Allen and actually thought they could sign both of them – is just idiotic. Yes, Ainge said he was still trying to sign Allen after he signed Terry. smh. And imagine what that looked like from Ray Allen’s point of view – they told him he was their highest priority after KG but they go and sign Terry first. It was over after that – he was done being treated like a redheaded stepchild.)

    • omahakidw - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Yep, Ray Allen got another ring out of the deal, “The Truth”, and “The Big Mouth” won`t !

  7. belleby123 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    KG channelling Gloria Estefan–who knew?

  8. antistratfordian - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    …except stay and go to battle with him.

  9. reesesteel23 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    miamiheatdynasty

    Im with you…I don’t get it either. Ray’s last 3 years there, they tried to trade him EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

    When the team try’s to trade him…”See ya, thanks for the memories”
    When he leave on his own free will(Keyword: Free)? “Traitor!!..Boston hates you!! Boooo!”

  10. reesesteel23 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    You put Ray Allen on the trade market not once, not twice, but 3 years straight!!
    You bench him for a younger, inexperienced guy..

    Then you get mad when he goes to another team!!! In Free Agency!!??…

    Call it what you want…but you put this on yourselves…(management that is)…but ofcourse fans don’t have the guts to admit they screwed the pooch with Ray

  11. onlyavoice - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Ray Allen is LHAO.
    As A Heat fan, so am I.
    Wonder where Rondo is going to be traded to LOL.

  12. jdcrosier - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    I say trade Rondo to the Lakers for Pau Gasol!!!!!

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      I LOVE Pau, and to see him get traded to Boston out of all places would pain me……….but if we managed to bamboozle the C’s that hard and got back Rondo for him I’d absolutely cream myself!

  13. coachjac30 - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    For all the “Ray Allen got his bum and feelings hurt by losing his starting spot” please stop. That decision was in the best interest of the team, attempting to give the team some scoring off the bench. Ray Allen gets a lot of support from people that see to forget that while a terrific player, he is a major diva. With that being said, he made his decision, and it was the right one for him and his family.

    The Garnett trade being considered “traderous” is also ridiculous. While he had a no trade clause, he also had to make a decision that was in his best interest, and in turn, he helped out the team he loved by accepting the trade.

    Neither guy made a poor decision by choosing, or allowing them to, play for another team. Allen won another ring, Garnett went to a team that wants to compete for a championship, the Celtics got a bunch of picks/tradable assets..

    Sounds smart for all parties involved to me

  14. csilojohnson - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    What is this? Daytime television?

  15. Kansachusetts - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    As a hardcore Boston fan, I don’t care and I don’t know anyone else who spends any time caring about why Pierce and Garnett left. I’m just glad they did, because they could no longer do the job as starters and they weren’t going to be able to adjust to coming off the bench in Boston. I’m happy that Danny moved them to a team where they have a chance of contending. But remember, we in Boston, who love them, know what they’ve got left in the tank, and it’s not going to be much come April.

    Same is true of Doc leaving. I’m glad he got the chance to go to a contender in a good basketball city. And happy he left because he would have been a terrible choice for coaching the team they have this year. One of Doc’s faults is his unwillingness to play rookies. He’s also hard on point guards, because he is one. I’m sure there are two sides to his battle with Rondo, but we’ll only ever hear the one about the young hothead.

    I was happy Ray left, and not unhappy that he lost his starting job. Ray spent the last year or two in Boston running ever slower in circles trying to get free to shoot a three, while his shooting skills very slowly eroded. Like Pierce and Garnett to a degree, he was doing what he had always done and it wasn’t working as well. Did Rondo ignore him sometime when he was open. Sure did. Rondo is not without blame. But a smart guy like Ray should have found a way to work things out. Both Pierce and Ray had a hard time accepting the emergence of Rondo.

    Who are we to know what kind or personal issues there might have been between Garnett, Pierce and Ray to lead to the current cold shoulders? Ray torched Rondo in the press after he left, the others didn’t. Different people get along with different people. It’s a business, it’s basketball. Get over it.

    Unlike all you people who like to call him a thug, KG will always be one of my favorite people and players. I’m glad he feels like big brother to Rondo. I think Rondo has grown in his time off. I hope he thrives.

  16. program33 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    I understand. But right now Garrnett and Pierce should just keep their comments to themselves about the Ray Allen thing and just play ball. It makes them look old, bitter, grumpy and jealous. Later after their careers are over just put all in a book like most people. At the end of the day it’s still business.

    • omahakidw - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Correct !

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