Just a few excerpts:
For all his brillance, three adjectives have muddied Rondo's image: stonefaced, stubborn, moody.
"Like Bird, right?" Rondo offered. "Danny [Ainge] told me Larry was the same way.''
That is an accurate assessment. Bird also proved to be aloof and ornery in the heat of competition. No wonder when the Celtics briefly courted Chris Paul with Rondo as trade bait that Larry Legend was among those keenly interested in acquiring him."Two years ago I think they wanted him to be one thing," Paul Pierce said. "But he was still learning. They were saying, 'It's Rondo's team,' but he wasn't to the point where he was that constant presence.
"They put him in a role he wasn't ready for yet."
Or, perhaps, was he thrust into a role that some of his more celebrated teammates weren't quite ready to relinquish? The former Big Three boasted a collective resume steeped in excellence. Rondo, it seemed, had to wait his turn.Yet his younger counterparts claim Rondo has been the glue to the locker room for years. Avery Bradley said it was Rondo, not the seasoned veterans, who checked on him regularly during his rookie season to make sure he was eating right, had the transportation he needed or had someone to talk to when he was feeling lonely or overwhelmed.The Rondo supporters are really going to enjoy reading this one, it's very well written, and I encourage you all to read it."He took so many huge strides last year, he had to be the leader," Pierce said. "KG and I aren't going to be here much longer, so it's time for him to have a real voice, especially with Ray [Allen] gone.''
Here's the link: http://espn.go.com/boston/nba/story/...celtics-leader
I honestly WANT to like him. I really hope this year is different in terms of his personality.