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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  18 responses

Rajon Rondo Says Current Celtics More Talented Than 2008 Champions


The 2008 Boston Celtics brought the Larry O’Brien trophy back to Boston, and are widely considered to be the most talented bunch since the 1986 version of the squad. According to Rajon Rondo, this year’s team is better. Per CSNNE: “The Celtics’ Rajon Rondo says the current roster is more talented than the Celtics team that won the championship in 2008. Rondo was a second-year point guard on that Celtics team that won the title. He says the additions that have been made this off-season to the current Celtics make them better than the team that won it all. ‘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.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    they’re deeper now, but the allen, garnett and pierce were closer to their primes back then

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    he’s right. Sheed didn’t buy into the system thats why they lost that year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    if our rooks can live up to expectations and jeff green well be fine

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    The Celtics lost in 08-09 to the Magic because KG didn’t play. They lost in 09-10 because Perkins didn’t play in Game 7 in LA and Gasol/Kobe were on the boards without any resistance from any Celtics players. Not because Rasheed didn’t buy into the system. If Perkins hadn’t have gotten hurt in Game 6, the Celtics would have beaten LA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sajjatam Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    The problem is that this years Miami Heat is WAY better than 2008 Miami Heat…

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Co-sign Spit, in ’08 Pierce was still at the top of his game, KG was still a top 3-5 big in the L, and Ray was still the most potent perimeter threat in the league. They also had some of the best role players off of the bench. It’s great to have confidence, but all of this talk from Rondo, Terry, and even Dooling is a bit much. Talent wise, I’d say they’re 4 or 5 in the L.

  • Feez_22

    When you get younger, its easy to say you have more talent esp. since talent and potential are always confused. However, getting younger means less experience for the more experienced teams down the road like a miami. Unless the young talent is core star talent, it really doesn’t bother the veteran teams much (especially in this age). This team may be more talented overall than the 08 team but the top heaviness more likely than not is what gets you the championship in this NBA. Garnett and Pierce are in the twilight of their careers. Rondo is in his prime but with garnett and pierce not being as effective, other teams with lesser overall talent but exemplary talent at SG-SF-PF (Lakers/heat thunder as well) can overcome that in a 7 game series. Unless the talent is veteran tested talent, i wouldn’t be too worried as a opponent. I like the terry signing and courtney lee (both have been to the finals before) but the other guys are young and may not understand the concept of team yet. the 08 celts all understood “team” & were top heavy w/ elite talent so i’d say 08>13 but hey… we’ll see. Thats just my prelim. thoughts on this matter.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Not only were the Big 3 clearly better in ’08, but a case for the supporting cast can be made as well. Perkins at Center with Tony Allen, Posey, PJ Brown, Big Baby, Sam Cassell, Eddie House and Powe off of the bench provided the perfect balance of athleticism, grit, and leadership.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    The depth on this team is pretty nice

  • Revisionist History

    By your logic, if Bynum had more than half a knee during the 2010 playoffs, the Lakers would have killed the Celtics. Or, if Bynum had played AT ALL during the 2008 playoffs, the Lakers would have won that series as well. We can play the injury game all day long. Game 7 in 2010 was in the 70s — I’m pretty sure that defense wasn’t the problem, and Sheed was one of the leading scorers in that game.

  • LakeShow

    Bull Shit.

  • LakeShow

    Perkins rebound totals for 2008 Lakers VS Celtics games:
    4
    3
    6
    1
    4

    He sure was needed for his beastly boarding capabilities…
    Maybe your talking about his blocking prowess??
    Naw, he had 1 block, 0,2,1 over those games.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    The notorious Lakers fan has a problem with someone saying something that’s not complimentary about the Lakers. Big surprise.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    That Celtics starting 5 never lost a playoff series together. Nothing else really needs to be said.

  • LakeShow

    Maybe if you didn’t have to revise history to your liking I wouldn’t feel the need to monitor your conversations.

  • C-Mac

    You’ve gotta keep in mind though that Perkins in 2010 was much improved on the ’08 model. In ’08, he averaged around 7 points and 6 boards a game, with 1.5 blocks. In 2010, his numbers went up to 10 points and 7.5 boards with 1.7 blocks.
    His rebounding form wasn’t too impressive in the 2008 Finals, but through the first five games of the 2010 Finals before he went down with that knee injury, he was averaging around 7 boards a game – second only to KG on the team.
    I must be one of the few Celtics fans that doesn’t think we would’ve won with a healthy Perk in Game 7 though. People forget that ‘Sheed hit some big shots down the stretch that kept us in the game, and I doubt he would have been on the court in crunch time if Perkins was healthy. Also, ‘Sheed grabbed 8 boards in that game, so it isn’t as if he had a horrendous game as far as rebounding is concerned, he just didn’t have a particularly good one either. Garnett only had 3 rebounds in that game, so are people going start blaming him for the loss? It’s too much of a stretch to say we definitely would have won with a healthy Perk, although he would have been very handy…

  • ClydeSays

    Deeper, for sure. They’ve got some good young talent & vets. If they get anything at all from Sullinger & Melo, they’ll be REALLY deep. As a C’s fan, I do think they might have picked up another ring IF they had a healthy KG for their entire run. But almost any contender could point to a key injury that kept them from winning it all…

  • Mike From Spain

    What happened to Leon Powe? I liked how he played in the Celtics

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