Legendary Celtics point guard Bob Cousy offered his opinion on Rajon Rondo:
“I’m out of the loop, but boy, unless he’s a serial killer on the side I wouldn’t let this kid go,” Cousy said by phone. “I don’t know where you’d find a better point guard.”
The 83-year-old Hall of Famer conceded that Rondo, a three-time All-Star, is a poor perimeter shooter who struggles from the foul line, but said, “He overcomes that because he’s such a strong penetrator and a good finisher. He sees the floor well, he’s a force on both backboards, and he’s an excellent defender for that position. I think he touches all the bases.”
Cousy doesn’t view the playmaker as Boston’s most pressing concern, not with the advanced age of the team’s Big Three – Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen – threatening to keep the Celtics from legitimate title contention.
“They’re in the middle,” Cousy said, “and the worst place to finish in this league is in the middle. … I don’t see how trading Rondo would help. Good young point guards are very hard to find.”
This isn't the first time Couz has made glowing comments about Rondo. He's right – Rondo is a tremendous all-around player. But not everyone agrees that Rondo's overall game overcomes his shooting deficiencies.