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November 2, 2009
It will be a beautiful sight to see Rondo in green for at least 5 more years. Photo by David Liam Kyle_NBAE via Getty Images

It will be a beautiful sight to see Rondo in green for at least 5 more years. Photo by David Liam Kyle NBAE via Getty Images.

Well, maybe not forever but for at least 5 more years: Rondo and the Celtics have agreed in principle on 5 years and at least $55 million.

While Loscy normally does not break news, this is news working breaking.

On a scale of 1-10 of happiness, I am at about a 9o5893408403924832094832094832094823094824309. Who wouldn’t be this happy if their favorite player just said YES to 5 more years on your team?

Here are some good reads about it all:

So what does this mean in the grand scheme of things? It means that you have one of the best point guards that can help carry this team in the future. We shouldn’t fool ourselves, though: Rondo is not necessarily THE future of the Celtics. Rondo is a major part of it, but he is NOT our franchise player. And understand that I am not slighting Rondo in any way by saying this OR discounting any of his abilities. Rondo is bar and far my favorite player in the league and I fully understand his importance to this team. But, even I know that Rondo is the second most important piece to our future championship puzzle AFTER the current window has closed on the Big Three (Pierce 2.0, KG, Ray Ray).

Rockets GM Daryl Morey has explained countless times how you build a championship team with 3 players: you need a franchise player, you need a player that is just a tier below the franchise player such as a perennial all-star, and then you need a guy that is good enough to be an all-stay that might not be. After that, you just fill in the gaps with as many role players as possible: rebounder, lockdown defender on the wing, enforcer, etc. I do believe that this is the recipe for a championship team.

In this case, Rondo is not our franchise player… but Rondo will be the perennial all-star. Rondo will be the perfect compliment to the future franchise player yet to be named on the Celtics. Danny has just locked up for at least 5 more years a winner that will be the second most important player on the Celtics.

How many championship teams have been built around a point guard? And Magic Johnson doesn’t count. Is Detroit with Isiah Thomas days the only one?? And even then Joe Dumars was a big part of that successful run.

Anyway. I’m relieved, happy, and excited about the next 5 years and hope we can add 5 more after that one.

Glad you’re staying, Rondo.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2009 8:48 pm

    Great piece LOSCY. I agree-RR is the not “The Franchise”. Mr Garnett is. Some will argue P2 is, but KG just means so much to the Green. I believe there are 2 positions in this league that are very hard to fill w/extraoridnary talent- the 1 and the 5. After CP3, DWill & JKidd, (and of course Rajon) there really are not too many capable of running a team with poise and true skill. Glad we locked one up while we could.

    • November 2, 2009 9:45 pm

      100% agreed. Being realistic, we’ll never get a franchise player in EVERY position… but to get a perennial all-star at the PG position is HUGE. Like you said: not a ton of PGs out there that can be trusted with the ball. We have one for at least this season and 5 more.

  2. November 2, 2009 9:27 pm

    I smiled all day!

  3. November 2, 2009 11:01 pm

    My roommate and I both dig Rondo, and then some.

    Sure, he’s had some great guidance from great players like Garnett, Pierce and Sam Cassell, but the eye test shows that this guy is a difference maker.

    • November 2, 2009 11:13 pm

      Thanks for reading, Ryan. And you’re spot on: Rondo passes the “eye test” and sure is a difference maker. His array of skills are developing quickly, and it always helps to be surrounded by some proven vets. Come back often.

  4. ecd permalink
    November 3, 2009 12:37 am

    love the title of this post. you crack me up.

  5. November 4, 2009 6:00 pm

    I rubbed one out to the headline: “Rondo signs for 5 years”.

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