There are many NBA observers that believe the Boston Celtics chances of capturing an NBA Title with their current roster ended at the conclusion of this past season. The celebrated “Big Three” of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are now getting older and the only legitimate center on the squad is veteran Jermaine O’Neal, who was battling injuries as Boston was eliminated in the Playoffs by the Miami Heat. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo still believes that his club will still be among the elite teams in the Association on the other side of the current NBA Lockout. Rondo told “Yahoo Sports” that he thinks his team will be fine, once they make some moves to fill the roster. He said “We got five people under contract, right? But I think we got five good people under contract, through. We’ll form a team again. I think we’ll be fine as a team and we’ll be fine in the future. That’s the plan.”
There are actually six players signed to a contract with the Celtics for the upcoming campaign, including reserve guard Avery Bradley. However questions remain as to whether the team will bring back Glen Davis, Jeff Green and Delonte West, all of whom will be Free Agents once the next NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement is ratified. Rondo is hoping that Davis will be back with the club after having the best regular season of his career this past season, but he realizes the choice lies with the player known as “Big Baby.” The guard said “I’d like to play with Baby. But Baby is going to do what’s best for Baby.”
Boston shook up its roster last February when they traded center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Green and the now departed center Nenad Krstic. Krstic has signed a contract to play in Moscow next season. Rondo believes that when the Celtics traded their former starting center Perkins the team allowed the departure to have too much of an effect on their playing for the rest of the campaign. Rondo said “It wasn’t like the man passed away or something. I think we put too much emphasis on it. It’s a business. He got traded. He’s very happy where he’s at. We still talk and I’m always going to have his back. It shouldn’t have affected us the way it affected us.”
The Celtics point guard is very excited that his team re-signed head coach Doc Rivers for another five years at the conclusion of last season. Rondo told the reporter “Doc’s proven with the players that we have that he will have a winning record. But most of all, he’s never going to settle. We always want to win a championship. That’s the only goal we have as a team and that’s his mindset. When you talk to him, he believes we have the talent and the ability to win a championship. That’s our standard. He holds us accountable.”
It remains to be seen whether Boston can re-sign their top Free Agents as well as bolstering their front-court during the off-season as they now have little depth at center with the departure of Krstic and the retirement of Shaquille O’Neal who is moving to the broadcast booth. However fans of the Celtics have to feel good that Rondo is heading into next season with high expectations.