Sunday, October 30th, 2011 at 4:41 pm  |  18 responses

Rajon Rondo Says the Lockout ‘Might Help’ the Celtics

Obviously, no NBA players want to spend November dealing with labor negotiations and the like when they should be on the court, competing on a nightly basis. But as Celtics guard Rajon Rondo admitted to Yahoo! Sports, it could help some of the older teams who might benefit from the extra rest: “The Celtics return their core – veterans Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers – but have just two other players under contract: Jermaine O’Neal and unproven guard Avery Bradley. The team has eight free agents, including forwards Jeff Green and Glen Davis. Boston also has a pair of rookies who could compete for roster spots.In past years, the Celtics players usually started working out together at the team’s practice facility a month before training camp. That wasn’t possible this season because of the lockout – though not everyone views it as a negative. ‘It might help us,’ Rondo said. ‘Fresher legs. Not as much wear and tear without [a normal] training camp.’ Once the free-agent market opens, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge could try to re-sign Green and Davis. He also has to fill other roster spots. ‘Guys have to come mentally and physically prepared whenever we start,’ Rondo said.”

(H/T: PBT)

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  • http://www.twitter.com/xpotatotitsx mersh

    a shorter season will definitely help the older teams. but if they try to jam 78 games into the same season length. that’s going to mean A LOT of back to back games and maybe even some 3 games in 3 nights stretches.

    i just want the season to start already, no matter what the stipulations are.

  • Aizen Sosuke

    Of course it helps Rondo. Now he can practice shooting even longer. Yeah…..

  • Chukaz

    The Celtics are done. Rondo’s now their best player and as you all know, you only go as far as ur best player can take you. If you have to pick between The Bulls (and Rose), The Lakers (and Kobe Bryant), the Heat (and LeBron and Wade), or the Celtics, you’d pick the Celtics last. Players to win since ’91: Jordan, Jordan, Jordan, Dream, Dream, Jordan, Jordan, Jordan, Duncan, Shaq & Kobe, Shaq & Kobe, Shaq & Kobe, Duncan, The Pistons (the exception to this rule), Duncan, Shaq & Wade, Duncan, Celtics Big 3 (still within their prime), Kobe, Kobe, Dirk. That’s the best the league has to offer and if you go back even further into the 80′s you’ll see that Magic & Kareem, Bird and the original C’s Big 3, Dr. J & Moses, and Zeke (the best small guard in the history of the sport). To Recap, If you don’t have one of the best 5 players of their generation you don’t get to win

  • http://nokeysmusic.tumblr.com krocx

    Am I the only one who wouldn’t mind getting less games with a regular season treatment? Like let’s just start whenever, have the Playoffs at the fall as usual, but just play it all like we had a 82 game schedule. No increase in back to backs, no crammed schedule. It would make the older teams (Lakers, Celtics, Spurs, Mavs) way more competitive because of the rest, and the younger competitive teams (Thunder, Miami?, Grizzlies, Bulls) thrown in there too. Itd be a dog fight of a season for Playoff spots and the actual Playoffs CH-RAZY!!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Actually it’s the other way around. A shortened season hurts the celtics because there are more back-to-back games and even some back-to-back-to-back thrown in there. Remember the Jazz were the favorites going into the 99 season after MJ retired but a shortened season hurt vets like Stock/Malone and they lost in the 2nd round to a much younger POR squad.

  • CCat44

    @jtaylor21, why would that mean more back to backs? if the season is cancelled, say the first month, that doesn’t change the schedule of the rest of the season it just means two months are gone.

  • Heals

    Wow Chuk so the C’s are only behind Mia, Chi and LAL in your book (probably OKC and Dal if add 2 more) , but they’re done. What does that say about the rest of the league man. The fact that anybody views them 4/6th best this far into the New3′s run is somewhat impressive in and of itself. Save the proclomations for a more risky statement then “Bos is 4th best among so-and-so.” I think being fresh is overrated cause a freak injury (see Utah) can happen outta the blue; their biggest advantage would be team continuity. Seriously though what’s this “season” people keep referring to…

  • simeon

    Rest actually hurt the C’s for round 2 of last season’s POs. A shortened season with less days of rest will keep them fresher IMO.

  • O

    It sucks to know that had there been no lockout, the season would be getting underway this week. SMH

  • Chukaz

    I didn’t say the Celtics were the leagues 4th best team. I’m not sure they’re the East’s 4th best team. I was just using a couple of examples to make my point (fun fact: by definition a couple means 2 or 3) instead of listing the 12(?) teams that are better than the C’s


    The 2011-12 NBA season will start on December 1st. Get ready for the swish after I called my shot. Go Knicks!

  • Shifty

    Chukaz, just you even comparing the Celtics to the elite in the NBA means that you subconsiously think that the Celtics are up there? Also I think that the only people who needs some rest is jermaine oneal so he can strengthen his body, and KG, paul peirce will still put up numbers and besides what people say Ray Allen will still go for 16 ppg, maybe even more, he is as reliable as they come and is probably one of the best conditioned athletes in the leauge.

  • Chukaz

    @shifty no I don’t think the celtics are up there. My comparison shows that the celtics best player is not in the league the best player on the elite teams which means that it doesn’t matter if the celtics are rested or not cuz they’re not goin anywhere with Rondo as their best player. I could compare MJ and keith bogans n it wouldn’t mean I subconsciously think Keith Bogans is one of the best players ever, it just means that they are/were starting 2 guards for Chicago teams that contended for the title and boosted the league’s MVP

  • manu

    rondo is overrated as u know what…i love KG ray n pierce but ther done its sad…they should’ve won it ’10 if perk hadn’t gone down

  • Chukaz

    @manu u do realize perk was always the worst player on the floor right? I don’t see how the 17th best player in the series going down hurt the Celtics that much. The lakers coulda won it 4 yrs in a row but they had injuries so they didn’t. Life’s a b*tch and then you die

  • Heals

    Chukaz earning the name; throw up enough shots and somethings gotta fall right? Enjoy celebrating that 4-peat (which would be 2 couples, not a couple and half smart a$$)…

  • riggs

    fun fact: a couple means 2.

  • Razalian

    Re-sign Green, let Davis walk.