“I took a lot away from Doc. I still catch myself laughing at some of the things he’s told certain guys, and now me being the core leader of this team, I mimic some of the things Doc has said to guys. I’ve leaned a lot from Doc. I tried to study his ways as far as a coach because it’s something that I may want to do in the future.”
That statement was made by Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo in reference to his former coach Doc Rivers. Rondo and Doc won an NBA Championship together alongside Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. While at the time, he was the question mark, the youngster, and the “weakness” of the Celtics starting five, Rondo is now the veteran leader.
Despite being sidelined still from his horrific ACL tear last season, he has been in the ears of some of the younger players. In particular, Rondo has served as somewhat of a mentor or coach to rookie point guard Phil Pressey. Rondo understands that he is the leader of the re-building Celtics, and even when he is unable to participate physically, he wants to serve that role the best that he can.
While there is no clear indicator as of now that Rondo would translate into a quality head coach, his basketball IQ is not the question. The 27 year old point guard sees the floor as well as anyone in the game, and it will be more of a concern whether or not his personality will carry over to being a coach.