It was certainly understandable. Not only were they losing all but the last links (sans Rondo) to their championship team, but they were losing two players who had bled green, two players who had given significant portions of their career (in Pierce’s case, his entire career) to the Boston organization.
Asked about the departures of Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett, Rondo was unemotional.
“It wasn’t difficult at all,” said Rondo. “I didn’t feel anything. I actually landed in LA the night of the draft. I had 45 text messages come through the phone. I thought I was traded.
“It’s not the first teammates that I’ve been close to who were traded away — Perk, Tony Allen. It’s part of the process. This is a fresh start for us, a new coach and a new team. I’m excited about the fresh start.”
Rondo has often been categorized as ‘different’ so, maybe he’s being honest and he didn’t feel anything, though, that’s quite the untypical response.
It is a business, which Rondo is obviously completely aware of, but to not be even a little upset?