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“This whole transition, man, we came in as strangers and bonded as brothers,” said Garnett, a person whom Rondo has previously suggested was his closest friend on the team. “And I say that with Glen [Davis], Kendrick [Perkins], Tony Allen, with Eddie House and [James Posey], just a connection with what it is.
“When Ray [Allen] left [for Miami last summer] it was hard for everybody there. We saw Doc [Rivers] leave [for Los Angeles last month], that blew us out of the water. It’s kind of like looking up at the wave coming. And now we’re here so I can only imagine what ‘Do’s going through. Obviously, I reached out to him, told him what I was going to do or whatever. I’m sure he’s dealing with whatever he’s dealing with, obviously he’s trying to get back with [rehabbing from ACL surgery in February].
“Whatever that whole universe and his world is presenting to him… It’s unfortunate. I had to take away that, what you have established as a brother and as a brotherhood amongst each other, is what you take away from it. Although I’m losing a teammate, I have a friend for life. And that’s how I look at it.”
Friend for life.
I don’t recall Kevin Garnett getting this emotional when speaking about the departure of Ray Allen last year.
And if you believe even 1/3 of what the media is spewing about Rondo’s behind the scenes behavior, you’d have to assume that KG and Paul Pierce are thrilled to ditch #9 for Deron Williams.
I’m not sensing it.
Pierce and Garnett know they’re leaving a guy so dedicated to the team that he played with a dislocated elbow and torn ACL. A guy willing to confront elite players (Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant) and grapple with someone 7 inches taller and 50 pounds heavier (Kris Humphries).
I’m expecting a HUGE year from Rajon Rondo. There isn’t another option.
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