Remember the old chemistry concerns the Celtics had? Kevin Garnett voices them and explains part of the reason why: (CSNNE)
Asked about the Celtics’ chances of continuing on to win another title, Garnett went down a surprising path.
“You have to understand that chemistry is a hard thing to come by,” he stated. “All year we’ve been dealing with chemistry problems. You know, [Rajon] Rondo, he’s getting better and we’re fitting him in. At some time he’s going to take this team over and that was a big adjustment for us. But he’s a great addition to our team. I think the chemistry is starting to be sound now and we’re playing firm basketball.”
I can’t imagine how tough it has been on the Big Three to allow Rajon Rondo to take the reins. Two years ago it was incredible that they all sacrificed their games for each other… and they were all well-known stars. Now they had to further sacrifice their own gifts to cede control to a 24-year old point guard who, before this season, had never been named to a single All-Star team? It takes a certain type of player — a certain type of person, really — to realize that what’s best for the team may not be what’s best for himself.
Thankfully for the Celtics, the Big Three all fit that mold. Even if it took awhile for them to finally realize they must pass the torch.