Former Celtics Champion Urges the Franchise to Bring Rajon Rondo Back to Fix Team Issues

Published 02/26/2021, 11:00 PM EST
Feb 5, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates with forward Semi Ojeleye (37) and guard Jeff Teague (55) in the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center.The Celtics defeated the Clippers 119-115. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Celtics reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season. But they have been a shadow of themselves this season and are struggling badly. After 33 games, their record is 16-17 which still puts them at below .500.

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There have been multiple holes in their game, and former NBA champion and Celtics hero Kendrick Perkins has a solution. The Celtics currently have an All-Star point guard in Kemba Walker, but their lack of a floor general is hurting them. Walker isn’t the typical playmaking guard, which is why they rank 28th in the league in assists as a team.

Perkins believes they need to bring back their former star, Rajon Rondo, to solve this crisis. He believes Rondo can also step up as a leader for the Celtics’ young unit. He feels Rondo isn’t fitting well with the Atlanta Hawks, and so the Celtics should pounce on this situation.

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Should the Celtics listen to their former player and bring in Rondo?

Rondo turned 35 just a few days back. But for the two-time NBA champion, age is just a number. He proved that with his excellent form during the 2020 playoffs, as he stepped up big time to help the Lakers win the title. That eliminated all doubts about him being unable to perform because he is ‘old.’

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Many Celtics fans who watched that happening were surprised that their team didn’t try to bring back Rondo, and instead, let him go to their biggest rivals. And to make it worse, he won them a title. His departure from the Lakers was imminent and despite knowing that, the Celtics made no attempt to bring him back.

But it still might not be too late. Rondo has barely played 16 games all season and hasn’t been properly utilized. At the Celtics, he could feature in almost every game, since they need his playmaking and also his leadership.

Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Rajon Rondo (7) shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

If the Hawks are willing to trade him, the Celtics shouldn’t think twice. They cannot wait for another contender to swoop in before them, because they know how that ends up. The Boston Celtics need Rondo right now, and when the playoffs arrive, he will be huge for them.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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