|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 28, 2014 at 1:05 AM|
It's great knowing that there is no bad blood between Rondo and his former teammates. Rondo, KG, and Pierce went out to dinner the night before Sunday's reunion, and KG and Pierce give Rondo their stamp of approval to take this franchise to the next level. Since 2010, when Rondo drove this team into the NBA Finals. He was the best player in Green, he was dubbed the leader since, but he wasn't truly the guy that this team looked at. It was Paul and Kevin. Now Rondo's the 15th captain of the Boston Celtics, and it's his legacy that he's building.
"I think he's ready now," Pierce said. "Rondo is mature. He understood what was coming, and I think he was ready. Before he had Kevin and me to lean on, and now he's the guy. He's the captain. He's who everybody looks to for leadership and I think he's ready. He's grown, he's matured. He's seen the bottom, he's seen the top, and he's gotta understand that it's his team to lead through good and through bad. And I think he understands that. He's ready for that responsibility. He's ready to deal with it."
Pierce and Garnett met with Rondo on Saturday night to have dinner with their former teammate. There they discussed Rondo's situation in Boston and Pierce and Garnett relayed the similar experiences that they went through.
"I think he took notes last night as we were tailing to him," Garnett said. "More importantly I think we stressed to set the tone and be the example even when he didn't want to. I always talk to him about being professional. Being a professional, you don't get to pick and choose when you wanna do that. Understand the pedigree of champion that you don't let losing become something usual. You keep that mentality of some are not gonna follow, but most will.
"You're the example and you're having a voice to just do it by example," Garnett added. "Rondo is ready. I think he's very comfortable in his role here. I think he understood the transition once it was happening. I think he's the type of person that has the type of mentality with the personality to do just that. He'll be alright."
Rondo witnessed three Hall of Fame players, and what it takes to lead. Rondo doesn't need to follow their script, but he can take bits and pieces from their scripts, along with his own ways to form his script of being a leader with the Celtics. Rondo has taken big steps this year during his rehab, and he's shown great maturity this season. The Celtics franchise is in good hands with Rajon, and will see if both sides agree when he becomes a free agent.
Rondo's legacy isn't close to being finished in Boston. Sunday's game was a look into his future, if everything goes right for Rondo in Boston.