Retaining Rondo: A Comprehensive Examination

The rumours never end. Ever. Rajon Rondo has been the point guard of the Boston Celtics since 2006, and has repeatedly attracted trade speculation over the bulk of his career. And yet, here he is, a rarity in the league as a player who has remained with the same team since his rookie year, eight years on.

Then you realise why the rumours have been around for so long. To put it simply, he has immense talent, an NBA championship, and plays the game to make his teammates better by sharing the ball – an uncommon trait for point guards in the NBA. Then when you dig even further, you are reminded of his ability to step up his game in the postseason, of his drive to win at all costs, to sacrifice life and limb (literally) for his team. Of course other teams would be interested, there’s no doubt about that.

When you put all of this together, you really wonder why ‘experts’ are so keen to offload a player of this calibre. Allow me to analyse exactly why the captain of the most storied franchise in the game will remain in Boston not only for this season, but long enough to see that number 9 hanging in the rafters next to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

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Lee Off To A Good Start

Another bright spark to start the Celtics season has been the re-emergence of a confident Courtney Lee. Acquired in a complicated trade during the 2012 offseason, expectations were high on a player many claimed could fill the void of #20 alongside Jason Terry at the shooting guard position last year.

While Lee managed to find some form over a stretch in January and February next to Avery Bradley as the duo of Pitbulls, C-Lee found himself bouncing from the starting line-up to a reserve role numerous times in the regular season, eventually finding his way into Doc Rivers’ doghouse as the season drew to a close. This resulted in ‘DNP – Coach’s Decision’ next to Courtney’s name in the playoff series against New York on a couple of occasions.

Lee possesses many skills that are desired from a professional basketballer; a respectable defender, a good 3-point shot, mid-range jumper, and the ability to handle the ball and finish around the rim. Last season, he played more of a passive role in the Celtics offense, often found standing in the corner to create more space for Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett to operate in.

Now, it has become more evident that coach Stevens wants Lee to be a bigger part of the team at that end of the floor, running plays to allow him to be freed up by screens. This has resulted in open looks from downtown, shots off the dribble, and drives the basket.

While the statistics don’t light up the page at a superstar level,  Lee has fulfilled his role as a consistent scorer off the bench so far in the early part of the Celtics 2013/14 campaign. His confidence to shoot the ball when open has been a noticable difference, and we have seen more of the player Boston fans were hoping for last year. Through the first 9 contests, 8.3 points per game and a field goal percentage of 57% have illustrated Lee’s ability to put up points for the team at an efficient rate.

Lee told ESPN this week he rectified a flaw in his shooting stroke over the 2013 offseason

“I don’t know where it came from, I was swinging the ball from my left side to my right when I shot,” said Lee. “In the years before, I never did that. I had to get back to working on not doing it.”

“I’m back to playing with confidence,” he said. “Taking my shots, playing within the flow, pretty much back to playing the way I was playing before I came to Boston last year.”

Finding himself in a very different situation this year, Lee has been making the most of it thus far. Having been a fan of him since his rookie days in Orlando, I believe Lee can play a role in the resurgance of the Celtics, and can be a big part of the future next to the promising brigade of Rondo, Green, Sullinger, Olynyk, and others. Hopefully this strong play won’t result in a trade, but rather a strengthening of his role with the team going forward.

Let us know what you’ve thought of Lee’s play so far in the comments below.

– Michael (@mickyt34)

Green Kick Of The Season R1: Terry’s Answer IV’s v Rondo’s Fighter Jet’s

The battle between Courtney Lee’s Air Jordan VII ‘Golden Moments’ and Avery Bradley’s Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light 2’s ended in the closest finish we’ve seen.

Avery Bradley and his Adidas Crazy Light 2’s move onto the second round after collecting 58% of your votes.

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In the final week of round one there is a battle between:

Jason Terry’s Reebok Answer IV’s



Rajon Rondo’s  Nike Foamposite Fighter Jet’s


Check back next week to find out wins this battle!

A Study in Green: Jason Terry aka The JET

When the JET touched down in Boston, fans rejoiced. Sentiments such as “Terry will make us a much better team”, and “Ray who?” were common amongst Celtics fans. Coming in, all Celtics fans thought that Terry, along with other new faces, would give us the bench punch we needed to knock off Miami and go further than the previous post-season. I was personally ecstatic. Getting a player who, in 2011, was just as important as Dirk in getting Dallas’ first championship, publicly trashtalked the best player in the world (and our enemy), then backed it up on the court? I thought he was going to fit perfectly with our team on and off the court.

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Unfortunately, as the season went on and injuries mounted, the Celtics had their worst regular season and earliest playoff exit since the new Big 3 was assembled back in 2007-2008.

There were plenty of factors for the poor season by the Celtics. Losing our best player, our best rebounder and bench sparkplug all within 3 weeks were big factors. As the season progressed however, the fans’ frustration in Terry seemed to grow as well.

The Good

Jason Terry is at his most effective with the ball in his hands, when coming off a screen. This was how Dallas always used him, and this was what Celtics fans envisioned of him before he played a game for us. He demonstrated that in the playoffs against the Knicks, when it seemed he was given some offensive freedom to attack the New York defense. He shot a touch under 50% between the 16-24 feet range out on the floor, which is an elite number. His routine of promising big games, and then delivering on that promise, just as he did after copping an elbow from JR Smith in game 3, is also a great attribute and speaks for his confidence level in himself and his team.

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Jason Terry also embraced his bench role, even going as far as coining himself the captain of the bench squad at the beginning of the season. Having an established veteran scorer that is willing to come off the bench is a big plus, and not to be taken for granted (this was something other stars had a problem with).

The Bad

Terry had a forgettable 2012/13 campaign to say the least. His PPG average was down to 10.1 PPG, which is the second lowest average of his career (his rookie season was the lowest with 8.1). He only managed to hit .372 of his 3 point attempts, and connected with .434 of his overall shots.

It is worth noting however, that out of his 14-year career, his 3 worst seasons have been when he changed teams.

  1. His rookie year (99-00) where he averaged 8.1 points per game.
  2. His first season in Dallas (04-05), where he averaged 12.4 points per game.
  3. This past season (12-13), where he averaged 10.1 points per game.

After his rookie season and his first season with Dallas, his game picked up significantly. If history is anything to go by, we should see a more productive Terry next season – if he is still in green playing alongside Pierce & KG in Brooklyn.

It is also worth noting that Doc was not playing to Terry’s strength at the start of the season, where he was running Ray Allen-type plays for Terry, making him run around multiple screens to get a shot off. As stated previously, Terry is more than a catch and shoot player and we should put him in better positions to excel.

The Verdict

I was lucky enough to be in Boston to watch game 4 vs. New York, where Boston won in overtime. That was one of the best games I have seen of Terry in a Celtics uniform. That, was the player Celtic nation envisioned getting when he came across from Dallas – closing the game with 9 points in the overtime, and taking the burden off Paul Pierce, who finally buckled from carrying the team post Rondo injury.

I though that Terry would have been more comfortable in the Celtics system for the next season prior to him being dealt to the Brooklyn Nets. Moving to Brooklyn with both Pierce and Garnett, and having a coach who was an ex-teammate in Kidd should greatly benefit the Jet in terms of familiarity. If Brooklyn are lucky, they will be able to see what Boston didn’t — the Jet soar again.
What do you think, will the JET be worth his salt and deliver the goods for Brooklyn in the new 2013/14 season? Share your thoughts with us.

Green Kick Of The Season R1: Terry’s Sublite’s v Bradley’s Real Deal’s

Last week we saw Rajon Rondo and his Nike Hyperposite’s take on Courtney Lee and his Nike Air Penny V’s. This was a round 1 match up that looked as though it could be very one-sided from the outset.

Rajon Rondo and his flashy, gold Nike Hyperposite’s move onto round 2 after collecting 83% of your votes.

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We continue round 1 this week with a battle between:

Jason Terry’s Reebok Sublite Pro Rise’s



Avery Bradley’s Adidas Real Deal II’s


Remember to check back next week to find out who will be progressing onto round 2.

Green Kick Of The Season R1: Rondo Hyperposites v JET Kamikaze II’s

The 2012/13 NBA season did not pan out the way it was supposed to for the Boston Celtics. One positive we can take away from the season was the shoe game of many Celtics. They stood up in the kick department and showed us some heat.

To celebrate this season’s best kicks, I have selected the best 16 kicks from the weekly Green Kick Of The Week to battle it out. It is now up to you, our readers who will crown the Green Kick of the Season!

Green Kick of the Season 2012/13 brackets

Below is the bracket, showing the matchups. (Click to view a larger version.)

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So let’s get this battle underway!

Round 1

First up, we have these kicks in the ring:

Rajon Rondo‘s Nike Hyperposite’s in the black/volt colourway.

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Jason Terry‘s Reebok Kamikaze II’s in the black/green colourway.

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Check back next week for the results of this contest and to see who battles it out next.

Celtics-Knicks series: Game 4 recap


The Boston Celtics managed to outlast the New York Knicks in an OT thriller at the TD Garden.

The Celtics led 54-35 at the half and by as much as 20 with less than 8 minutes to go in the 3rd period. However, as the Celtics have done all series, they struggled again in the 2nd half, scoring 14 points in the 3rd and 16 in the 4th.

Pierce had a chance to win the game in regulation but couldn’t get it to drop. When OT came around, JET was finally ready to play. He dropped 9 of his 18 points in the OT period, in which Boston scored 13 (1 less than 3rd period in 7 less minutes).

Paul Pierce finished with 29-8-6, Green 26-6 and KG with 13-17-6. Kevin played like a mad man and helped win this game with a big shot near end of regulation. Celtics held Carmelo Anthony to 10-35 from the field, who still 16-20 from FT.

The Celtics held on and won 97-90 to force a game 5 back in New York.

Schedule as follows.

Round 1 Game 1: 5am 21/4 in New York (85-78 L)
Round 1 Game 2: 10 am 24/4 in New York (71-87 L)
Round 1 Game 3: 10 am 25/4 in Boston (L 76-90)
Round 1 Game 4: 3 am 29/4 in Boston (W (90-97)
Round 1 Game 5: TBD 2/5 in New York
Round 1 Game 6: TBD 4/5 in Boston *
Round 1 Game 7: TBD 6/4 in New York *