Jun 9, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) lays the ball up past Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the second quarter in game seven of the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference finals at the American Airlines Arena. Image Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Rajon Rondo displays leadership this summer

Rajon Rondo, a former guard for the Kentucky Wildcats, was busy this summer.


Speaking about the offseason, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers praised Rajon Rondo.
Rondo has emerged as Boston’s most versatile, volatile, valuable and vexing star. While Rivers has been candid in the past when his point guard allowed his stubborness to overtake him (such as when he contemplated boycotting the All-Star Game last season after initially not being chosen and later added as an injury replacement), his coach said the 26-year-old point guard continues to grow on the job.

“Rondo has been great, just terrific this summer,” Rivers said. “He reached out to all the players and got every single one of them to fly to L.A. and practice together. They put in about four or five hours a day. Paul and KG were already out there, but Rondo got Jason and Courtney Lee and all the other guys on board too.

“He called and asked me what I thought of the idea. I loved it, especially because it was him that organized it.”

The point guard has d isplayed the kind of basketball leadership this summer that, I feel, is one of the reasons why Boston did not just have a Big 3 during the last few seasons but what many would call a Big 4, joining Rondo with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. What he sees on the court, some other guards just might miss flat outright. It is why basketball analysts and commentators see him as a special player.

During the offseason, the guard even had an internship with GQ.

While the former Kentucky Wildcat guard was not best suited for the Tubby Smith slow tempo of play, since starting his career with the Boston Celtics in 2006, the Oak Hill product has been playing himself into consideration for an eventual induction at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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