Bob Cousy was one of the league's premiere point guards. Speaking at the unveiling of an exhibit at the Hall of Fame that pays tribute to the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the best college point guard in the nation, Bob Cousy spoke on point guard skills as well as his thoughts on the Celtics' trio of point guards.
Cousy, who played the bulk of his career and won six NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, gave positive reviews to the team's current trio of point guards. The Celtics acquired two-year veteran Sebastian Telfair and rookie Rajon Rondo in draft day trades this year to compete with incumbent starter Delonte West.
"I like West, and I think he can do the job," Cousy said. "Of course, they're not running. They've threatened to do it this year; well, let's wait and see. I hope they will.
"I've heard wonderful things about Rondo. He's a non-shooter, but they tell me he's a throwback as far as his point guard skills are concerned.
"I have not seen Telfair, so I can't comment. I know he's supposed to be the quickest thing that's ever came around."
The Celtics have suggested they may play two of the trio together in the backcourt at times this season, a plan Cousy thinks could benefit the team.
"Two point guards will make it easier even to get down court, if you're committed to the running game," Cousy said. [More] source:MassLive.com
I agree with Cous. With 2 PG's, there will be more opportunities to run. If one is not pushing the ball, the other will. All I want to say is the big men better be ready. They better be looking for darts fired their way. Get your hands up and look for the ball because these 2 young PG's can deliver the tight passes with precision.
Rondo is the better slashing PG of the 2. Both utilize quickness and excellent ball handling, but there's something different about Rajon. He has the X factor. I can't quite put my finger on it, but he has this special characteristic about him that intrigues me and makes me want to watch him. For some reason, its not as evident in Telfair, IMO, but I'm also crossing my fingers for Telfiar.
I think we have an excellent chance to come out with 1 stellar PG of the future between the two of them. It'll be fun to see who wins the competition.
To me the X factor that Rondo has is his defense. It sets him apart from everyone else. To me watching a player playing that kind of defense is like poetry in motion.
In watching the summer league, I was more impressed with Rondo than I was with Telfair. He seemed to play much more under control and because of that, the team was more under control with Rondo at the helm. I personally feel that Rondo is going to be our PG of the future. He may not win the start right away, but he will be the starter by the end of the season.
I tend to see it that way too. Rondo could end up being the PG who wins the starting spot (not necessarily this year). His defense does play a big part. Lot of players are only fun to watch on offense. Rondo is one of the rare ones who's fun to watch on offense and defense. You just anticipate him getting a steal, or putting tons of pressure on a guy that leads to a turnover.
But Telfair also has just as much of an opportunity to reach a high level in Boston. He's a real entertainer and knows how to play the crowd. If he plays his cards right, he may turn out to be just as impactful as Chris Paul. That's quite a statement, but I see the similarities. Telfair just needs to sharpen his spacing on the floor and learn how give up the ball quicker.