Going through this week Hollinger Ranking’s ( Celtics are #2, hells yes!), We have this great insight from this great sports guru beautifully screenamed TomRossetti ( I will separate the names and place it as Tom Rossetti here just in case he looks up his name on Google and found someone has written about him!). Here it is:
“Cassell is just a glorified Eddie House…”
Are you fucking kidding me? Has this guy been watching the playoffs the last 10 years. Rockets? Bucks? Clippers? Has he seen what Cassell has done most of his career? Granted, this guy is very old. His knees are not going to help his defense much, and he is efficient for probably no more than 20 minutes a game. But an OVERRATED EDDIE HOUSE?! WTF is this guy talking about?
Sam Cassell has quarterbacked so many decent offenses and players in his time. Big centers, horrible centers, crazy Clipper shooting guards, Mario Elie! How the fuck is someone going to boast that a point guard with his experience, his resiliency on both ends of the court, and his majestic clutch-ness in the playoffs, is not only correlative to, but fucking an overrated version of a haphazard hybrid guard in Eddie House?
So is this equation in this guy’s mind something like:
Sam Cassell = Eddie House
Sam Cassell > Eddie House, but not really?
Or my favorite interpretation of this nonsense:
Sam Cassell < Eddie House, even though he has a decent chance to go to the Hall of Fame ( yes, when you win a championship with Mario Elie, you get a good shot).
Speaking of House, this guy is a horrible point guard, and his abilities are more standard of a shooting guard if anything. Have you seen how long it takes to set up an offense when he is in the game? I can make a sandwich and microwave some Jasmine Tea before House sets up a play down the court! He is NOT A TRUE POINT GUARD! Period.
Speaking of which, the Celtics aren’t trying to replace Rondo. Like with most decent point guards, when they are decent at both ends of the court, you need to have some backup guard to give them at least 10-15 on the bench per game. Rondo is great, but he has to constantly play at such a high level for so many minutes that it will hurt his game in the playoffs. It showed heavily in the Denver game when he fouled out trying to guard Iverson.
We need Cassell because we need that second unit guard who can come in and give Rondo a breather, charge up the 2nd unit, and keep the offense from slopping because Eddie House can’t fucking run it! Our offense with him has been good because he has good shooters to spread the floor when he is on the court ( Posey & Ray-ray, with T. Allen slashing if the zone creeps up toward the top of the key). And Eddie house shouldn’t be dishing the ball, the ball needs to be dished to him and that sweet-ass jumper he has! A decent amount of lapses can be attributed to the fact that when Rondo isn’t there, we have no one to run the offense. It hasn’t hurt us too badly yet, but he is going into the playoffs with Billups & Hamilton waiting for him.
If anything, against those two in the Eastern Conference finals ( if we make it), I will take my chances with Cassell.