Every morning, we compile the links of
the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
It is time. Put Rondo on the cover of next season’s media guide. Make
him the go-to guy, the face of the franchise. While it is true that
Rondo is, as Garnett has called him, a young’in, just 24 years old and
with just four seasons of NBA experience, he is a star on the rise, as
opposed to Pierce, Allen and Garnett, who are stars on the back nine.
No disrespect intended. It’s a simple case of birth certificates.
Allen, who turns 35 next month, is a veteran of 14 NBA seasons. Garnett,
34, just finished his 15th season. Pierce, the team captain, turns 33
in October. His has 12 NBA seasons on his resume.
God help me, I agree with Steve Buckley.
I'm a proponent of bringing this group back. We know KG and Paul aren't going anywhere… so might as well sign Ray to a palatable deal and see if we can fill in the blanks around them again.
But next year is year one of "Rondo's team". It has to be. We're either all in with this kid, or we're not. He needs to be in those post-game news conferences… he DOES need to be on the media guide… he needs to be at events and in commercials.
Yes, Rondo could have played a little better in the Finals. He was up and down with his play and his free throw shooting was a problem. But those are fixable flaws in a young man's game.
Each failure will make him stronger. This is Rondo's team now, even if everyone else comes back.
On Page 2: Could DANNY be on the way out?
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With GM Steve Kerr and his lead assistant, David Griffin,
announcing this week their decision to leave Phoenix, owner Robert
Sarver will be looking for a new administration. People in the
league expect Ainge to be at the top of his list now that the Celtics'
season is done. Ainge played for the Suns and then coached them for
three seasons through 1999, and he would provide the franchise with a
successful link to its traditions of winning with up-tempo play. Ainge
is one of the top GMs in the league, with a longstanding record of
finding talent in the draft, as well as showing no fear in making big
trades. He remains under contract with Boston, so if Sarver is
interested, he will have to go through the Celtics' ownership group led
by Wyc Grousbeck.