BOSTON (CBS) – TNT basketball analyst Steve Kerr joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh and Zolak on Thursday to shed some light on why the Celtics have under-performed so far this season.
Kerr says the Celtics are vulnerable this season on both ends of the floor, and their off-season acquisitions aren’t panning out as they expected.
“I thought they had a great off-season. I thought they were able to retool with (Jason) Terry, (Jeff) Green and (Jared) Sullinger. I thought that would infuse some energy and youth and keep this going, but it hasn’t been the case” said Kerr.
“Their defense has really eroded, and that’s been the key to this club the last six, seven years since KG has been around. They’re much smaller and more vulnerable in the paint,” said Kerr. “Offensively, they’ve always been very efficient… that is slipping too. All of a sudden, they’re very vulnerable at both ends, and that’s the reason they’re sitting here at .500.”
Kerr also discussed whether he thought Rondo was leader or not.
“I don’t think so. At this stage you kind of are who you are; it’s very rare you see a guy evolve into a great leader in his seventh year,” said Kerr. “I love Rondo, I think he’s a phenomenal player, but I don’t think he’s the type of leader that will take the franchise by the throat and say ‘this is what we’re going, this is what we’re doing.’”
“When a team struggles and goes through adversity, that’s when you really need someone to grasp the rest of the group and keep them going. I’m not sure he’s that guy,” he added.
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