I am sure by now many of you have heard about the statement that Kevin Garnett made to Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.
While I do believe in a sense that KG could partially be correct, there is no possible way the team can make it there without the Big Three, plus one:
Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo.
If Boston wants to go anywhere next season, they will need these four guys on the court, healthy and ready to rumble.
I will make my statement right now that if one of these four players gets injured for more than a few weeks during either the regular season or the playoffs, this team will be absolutely nothing and have ultimately no chance at competing for the title.
Celtics fans must be saying to themselves right now, "Please explain."
So here we go.
Like it or not, whether you accept it or avoid it, Rondo is your key to success.
When the historic trade was accepted back in '07, the many soon-to-be Celtics fans believed in three players to take their hometown team to the NBA Finals—Allen, Pierce, and Garnett.
Believe it or not, that was the truth.
But little did "Celtics'" fans know that 6'1" Rondo would actually be the tiny man doing all the work behind the curtains.
Once the Celtics actually won the championship, the media and fans began to boast about how excellent of a point guard young Rondo really was.
Fast forwarding to the year 2009, and Rondo is still the answer to Boston's problems.
Next season, the Boston Celtics will start off the year with a healthy KG back on the court, if all goes well and no other injuries come about...God forbid.
But most fans will continue to cheer more for the cold-hearted Garnett, the Mr.Clutch Pierce, and the Three-Point Assassin Allen, rather than the man that actually puts the W's in the win column for the Celtics.
Why, might you ask?
In all honesty, who knows?
The media and every Celtics fan needs to alter the title of the "Big Three" and add "Plus One" to the end of it.
Because at the end of the day, Rondo is the only player out of the four stars that has continued to increase his numbers.