If you asked 14 Eastern Conference coaches today (and they did), Paul Pierce is more important to the Boston Celtics than Rajon Rondo is. That’s the only logic we can deduce from Paul being voted into the All-Star Game and Rajon not…isn’t it?
I’m not here to bash ‘The Truth’ (again). Despite starting the season slow due to a heel injury he’s really picked up his play in recent weeks. Pierce recently past Larry Bird as 2nd all-time leading scorer in Celtics history and is still the deadliest clutch player this side of ‘The Black Mamba’.
Since the Celtics only deserve one All-Star based on their 14-11 record as of last Wednesday, this era’s Mr. Celtic got the nod.
All season I thought that Rajon Rondo was a lock for the All-Star Game. There are fewer quality point guards than swingmen in the East and some even feel that RR is ahead of Deron Williams (myself included).
Pierce meanwhile earned a spot on the squad despite much competition at the wing position: Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala, Joe Johnson, and snub Danny Granger to name a few.
I get it, it’s not Houston Rocket science. Rondo’s numbers are slightly down this year and Paul Pierce is their leading scorer (over 18 ppg) so the coaches voted for him. But I call that cop out. It’s the way a fan thinks not an NBA head coach.
Did some of these coaches let their kids do the ballot?
If I was Commissioner David Stern I’d make sure that no ballots are accepted in crayon from now on…that’s the first sign of foul play.
I value clutch play as much as the next guy, but Pierce isn’t the only clutch player on the wing for the Celtics. Ray Allen is just as money in his own ‘catch-n-shoot’ way. His deadly shooting ability allows Paul to do his okey doke routine with the ball late in games.
Why don’t we honor the guy who carries this team from jump to finish?
Rajon Rondo runs the show for Doc Rivers on both ends of the floor. He’s a one-man fastbreak and a freak defensively with his long arms and innate anticipation. You can’t compare him with Piercel on that end of the floor.
Celtics fans got what they deserved, an All-Star in this month’s game down in Orlando. But the basketball world got robbed.
Instead of watching Rajon lead the break and lob to the likes of Lebron, Wade, and Dwight…we’ll be staring at Paul trying to draw fouls from 15 feet out.
They don’t give out tommy points at All-Star weekend.
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