Did Danny get it right?
With trade deadline passed, mailbaggers wonder where C's go from here
The Celtics Mailbag lightens up this time of year, with the trade deadline in the rearview mirror (thankfully) and all the outrageous trade proposals stashed safely away until summer. That doesn't mean fans don't still have plenty of questions about this team moving forward.Q: Are people undervaluing what Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett mean to a locker room? I feel like all we hear about is how they are old, but that experience is valuable. How many teams can take a risk bringing in a player (i.e. Jordan Crawford) and not have to worry because of who else is on the team? I think that presence is being overlooked, but that's what separates the Celtics franchise from others. -- Brian (South Boston, Mass.) A: I try to bring this up every time someone asks about trading Garnett. Can you replace 15.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game? Of course. Can you replace the backbone of your defense and the entire conscious of your organization? Of course not. Garnett's impact cannot be measured simply by on-court production. I thought it was interesting to hear Wyc Grousbeck point out how the organization valued the opportunity for its young core to experience a playoff series alongside Garnett and Pierce this year. The Boston brass is being very realistic about this team's chances to achieve its ultimate goal this season, but the Celtics have clearly put a value on allowing their young core to experience a playoff stint alongside veterans that know what it takes to win the biggest prize. And we know how fiercely protective of his locker room coach Doc Rivers is. The mere idea of losing Garnett and Pierce, while Rajon Rondo is rehabbing, would have left a humongous void in leadership for the next iteration of this core. Boston has to move on without Garnett and Pierce at some point, but the value in keeping them around for the rest of this season is often overlooked and undervalued.
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