Every season, there is a Rajon Rondo trade rumor. There are always whispers that he wants out of Boston because he doesn’t want to see the rebuild through.
But Rondo has mentioned publically every time that he wants to help out. And he has high praise for second-year Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
He talks about Stevens with David Aldridge in NBA.Com’s Morning Tip:
Whatever issues Rondo has with the Celtics’ organization and its plan to rebuild after jettisoning Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce last year, he’s not going to share with a bunch of reporters. Whether he wants to stay to help shepherd the franchise back to health, as he continually insists he does, or would like to be traded to a contender, as he continually insists he does not, he seems content working with Stevens, the second-year coach.
“He’s very positive,” Rondo said after getting serious Thursday. “He’s the most positive coach I’ve ever been around in my career. It’s hard not to want to play as hard as you can for a guy that shows it every day, not just in the locker room, but off the court, with his family. He’s a great man and he’s a great role model. That’s a prime example of a great leader. He’s very consistent in what he does. He’s all about the team. He wants us to play very hard and he wants us to win.”
That’s something as we all know Rondo has played for Doc Rivers.
Unfortunately, it’ll still be very hard for these Celtics to win. They are building through the draft with guys like Marcus Smart and James Young. But this can’t be really confused with a playoff team just yet (although it is the East where anything seems possible). But a happy Rondo is the best Rondo. As long as he’s content, the Celtics shouldn’t have to worry about him.
Now, about that contract extension for Rondo…
Rondo/Stevens picture courtesy of Getty Images.