Many Boston Celtics fans and NBA fans in general were caught by surprise when the team decided to hire Brad Stevens as the team’s new head coach. With not only Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce leaving the team, but Doc Rivers moving to LA, it was believed that Rajon Rondo wouldn’t feel comfortable working under the young head coach. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case according to Rondo’s agent, Bill Duffy.
“Brad Stevens has been very complimentary of [Rondo] and said he wants to learn from him because [Rondo] knows more about the league than [Stevens] does. But he’s a smart guy with a great pedigree thus far, and you’re one of the top players in the game, so it could be really special and unique.”
Duffy said Rondo is excited about his leadership role, but a bit anxious about the responsibility. “When you look at it from a myopic standpoint, he’s probably spoiled,” Duffy said. “It’s very rare throughout your entire career to have [the playoffs] locked. They’ve been very prominent and now it’s a rebuilding stage, and you’ve got to understand what they’re doing but you’re the centerpiece of it.”
Stevens said that he had a great conversation with Rondo, so the two don’t seem to be opposed to working together.
As the report suggests, next year will not only be a transition year for the Celtics but also Rondo, who is coming off an ACL tear. While he has always been the orchestrator of the offense on the floor, Garnett and Pierce were two of the main vocal leaders of Boston.
It’s not out of the question that the Celtics will look at the possibility of trading Rondo once he comes back from his injury. Although Boston seems to be convinced that rebuilding around the point guard is the right way moving forward, the team will probably listen to phone calls.