"He's not a perfect player, but he's a lot better than all these other [potential replacements]," Ainge said. "We really weren't close to making a deal for him. We will be really glad that we weren't."
Compare this to what Winston Churchill had to say about democracy: “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”
The interesting thing," Ainge said, "is that obviously the Spurs are glad they kept Tony Parker," who was afraid of being dealt for Jason Kidd earlier in his career. "That's when mistakes are made, when you start expecting a 21-year-old or 22-year-old to be something now. Give them a chance to become that, to become tougher mentally and more disciplined.
If Rondo establishes a consistent and reliable jumper this year, he might be first team, All-NBA. Word has it that Rondo's been working on that jumper with Mark Price.
The Celtics are fully aware of the precedent established by Parker, who improved his shooting to become MVP of the '07 NBA Finals. "Oh, we've brought that up many times in our conversations," said Ainge of his talks with Rivers. "His curse is that he's so talented, and in a deciding game of the ('08) NBA Finals of such magnitude -- with Kobe [Bryant], Ray [Allen], Paul, KG, [Pau] Gasol on the court -- Rondo was the best player in the gym." In that decisive Game 6 Rondo finished with 21 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 6 steals.
The only other person I've heard say that the MVP of game 6 is Bob Ryan. But it most definitely is true. Rondo was in the stratosphere, with everyone else just looking up.