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D'Antoni: 'I'd like to see (Rondo) play on Minny'

Posted on: April 24, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 3:26 pm
Posted by Matt Moore with special thanks to Ken Berger

You know what I'd do if I were head coach of a team that was down 0-3 in a series and heading in to an elimination game against the defending Eastern Conference champs? I'd question the ability of the point guard who just dropped the second ever 20-assist playoff triple-double on me. Great idea, right? I'd question how he would play were he not surrounded by three Hall of Famers who also happen to be very protective of said enigmatic point guard, and also happen to be very capable of taking out their frustrations on the court. That's what I would do... if I were a masochist. 

Mike D'Antoni is said masochist. 

From Ken Berger of, live from Madison Square Garden for today's Knicks-Celtics Game 4: 

Mike, it isn't like Rondo just had an okay game or series. He didn't just hit a double-double one night to help out his club. This is the guy who dropped 20 assists on you in a triple-double... twice! Of the eight times such a feat has been accomplished, regular season or playoffs, Rondo has done it three times. Two of them have come against New York.  

D'Antoni may need to spend more time in the countryside. The expression, "You mess with the bull, you get the horns?" It has a literal meaning which might help him avoid tweaking players who have the proven skillset to totally dismantle his club on the hardwood, and, this time, send them packing into the longest NBA layoff in 12 years. 

D'Antoni's point isn't without merit, though. We have never seen Rondo without the three Hall of Famers. Rondo's ball-fake, slip-pass, lightning fast whip passes wouldn't produce as many points if he were slinging to Michael Beasley, Travis Outlaw, Sasha Vujacic, Donte Greene, or any of the other casts of the lotto squads. But Rondo's learned so much with his time among the Big 3 that it's not like he'd fall off the cliff. We'll get a chance in a few years to see what Rondo looks like when he's the best player on the team from a career perspective, and whether that translates to the same kind of success he's had among the greats in Boston. 

D'Antoni did tell reporters, "But Rondo's a very, very good basketball player. Really good. There's no doubt about that." But does he think that part of the quote is what's going to get put on the bulletin board in the Celtics' locker room, or pasted on highlight reels before clips of Game 4? D'Antoni's greater philosophical point may be worth examination, but within the context of the series, and in its timing, it was a poor decision. 

Horns, Mike. Horns. 

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 10:46 am

Pointless Conversation

Here we go again with the pointless conversation of ... is it the coach or the quarterback? Would highly praised player X be as good if he were on a crappy team, bla bla bla.

They're called TEAM sports for a reason people. Timberwolves didn't do shiz with Garnett. Cavs didn't do much better with LeBron. Miami, nothing with just Wade. They assemble teams of players and coaches.

Then people like to hit it from the flip side as well. "What if superstar player X had a better supporting cast?"

Again, a pointless conversation. T-E-A-M TEAM TEAM TEAM!

But don't tell D'Antoni that. If you can't beat em, diss em? That's just pathetic.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:33 pm

D'Antoni: 'I'd like to see (Rondo) play on Minny'

Would Phil Jackson be the coach he is had he coached in Minnesota and never had Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant ? I doubt it very seruously !

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:30 pm

D'Antoni: 'I'd like to see (Rondo) play on Minny'

Uh no he's not right ! Rondo is arguably one of the top 5 PGs in the league ! Now he isn't a great shooter by any means but he can create havoc when he's allowed to get to the paint ! he plays good defense which leads to easy steals (he ranks among the league leaders in steals) and he finds the open man quite often and that's 2 things PGs should do !

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:27 pm

D'Antoni: 'I'd like to see (Rondo) play on Minny'

I agree with you in that Rondo is helped by playing with arguably 3 of the best players of all time ! Heck Magic Johnson and Larry Bird both walked onto to teams that were had super stars and hall of famers so does that take away what they accomplished !

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:25 pm

D'Antoni: 'I'd like to see (Rondo) play on Minny'

LOL ! I'm not real sure what D'Antoni's problem is but Rondo has been a decent guard since he entered the league ! What he lacks in perimeter jump shot, he makes up for by getting to the point and scoring the ball or finding the open man ! New York just had no answer for Rondo or the Celtics and much of it has to do with D'Antoni's European coaching style ! The NBA isn't built for teams who like to run and gun but that's D'Antoni's calling card and it didn't work in Phoenix and it isn't working in New York !

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 10:21 pm

D'Antoni: 'I'd like to see (Rondo) play on Minny'

average guards dont drop 20 assist triple doubles... and they arent amongst the league leaders in triple doubles either.. obviously the big tree helps him out... but he's still an allstar pointguard regardless.. guarantee you once the big tree are gone rondo averages 16pts 10ast 5reb and 2 steals per game

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Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 9:49 pm

D'Antoni: 'I'd like to see (Rondo) play on Minny'

D'Antoni's coaching ability is kind of irrelevent to the fact that Rondo is a mediocre guard anywhere else.  Trade him to the suns for Steve Nash, and you get the same results on both ball clubs.  I agree he's a terrible coach, but he's a terrible coach who happens to be right about this matter.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2011 7:11 pm

D'Antoni: 'I'd like to see (Rondo) play on Minny'

He should worry about finding a new job or someone that explains to him what the word defense means, horrible coach!

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