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Rajon Rondo taking on bigger leadership role with Celtics

Sep 24, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers gestures to Rajon Rondo in the second quarter as the Celtics play the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami, Florida Reuters

In what may be the 489,472nd article about how the Celtics are moving on from Ray Allen — they’ll be fine, we get it — we learned something interesting about who is taking on a leadership role with the Celtics.

It comes from an interview with Doc Rivers at ESPNBoston.com.

“Rondo has been great, just terrific this summer,” Rivers said. “He reached out to all the players and got every single one of them to fly to L.A. and practice together. They put in about four or five hours a day. Paul and KG were already out there, but Rondo got Jason and Courtney Lee and all the other guys on board too.

“He called and asked me what I thought of the idea. I loved it, especially because it was him that organized it.”

They were playing at UCLA, which is home to some of the best off-season pickup games on the West Coast (or anywhere, really). Pretty much all the NBA guys in Southern California during the summer drop in at the UCLA games.

Which is good for the Celtics, good for their growth and getting the new guys acclimated.

But Rivers is spot on about the best part being Rondo taking a leadership role. This is becoming his team. It bodes well for a few years from now, in a post KG/PP world.

  1. snoopy2014 - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    The Celtics getting together to practice in Los Angeles … something’s not right here …

  2. bozosforall - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Buncha Puh C’s…just like their fan base.

  3. passerby23 - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    “In what may be the 489,472nd article about how the Celtics are moving on from Ray Allen — they’ll be fine, we get it”

    I guess PBT is not going to take any responsibility for contributing heavily to that 489,472nd number of Ray Allen articles. We get THAT too!

  4. paulhargis53 - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    1 trick pony is back. Bozo, I pity you.
    Some New England fan must have squat humped you when you were younger.
    You must have enjoyed it, hence the passive aggressive behavior. Poor guy.

  5. lphboston - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Rondo is a terrific player with unique skills, capable of huge games.

    But . . . but ….. but ……

    If you think he’s a leader in the traditional sense, think again. His problem is that he pouts when things don’t go his way, and even a joking slight (Obama talking about his outside shooting) sends him into funks. He took it personally when his BFF Kendrick Perkins was traded.

    He may get over all that someday, but there’s no guarantee.

    Rivers is probably just trying to pump him up for maximum production, kind of like when Rex Ryan made Plaxico Burress one of the Jets captains.

    Again, no slight on Rondo’s talent. Any Celtics fan will tell you it’s great to watch him when things are going well. He just needs to mature a bit, and it’s kind of surprising that hasn’t happened yet on such a veteran team.

  6. bornking25 - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    I think this year will be a better year for Boston…young team age was the problem

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