This summer was one for the ages for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics. They shipped away two Hall of Famers in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, as well as Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, and virtually traded their head coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Despite the long road to success ahead of the Celtics, franchise point guard Rajon Rondo says he is up for the challenge.
“I love it here. The fans are great here. And [president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] has been straightforward with me. This is my team. Why would I want to leave? Why would I want out? I never really backed away from a challenge. This would be a challenge. I’m looking forward to working with coach [Brad] Stevens. It’s a brand-new start for us as a team. A lot of new players and a lot of young guys willing to listen so I’m very excited about that.”
Rondo is right about one thing. This is his team now. The point guard that was viewed as a question mark during Boston’s 2008 title run has now established himself as one of the brightest, most unique players in the NBA today. While he remains sidelined by an ACL tear that he suffered last year, Rondo plans to make his presence felt in somewhat of a coach’s role.