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“He’s been very vocal,” Sullinger said. “He’s just telling guys it’s a long season. Time will tell.
“As long as we stay together, we can win basketball games. But as soon as somebody splinters off, another’s going to splinter off and then another’s going to splinter off. Then all of a sudden we’re not going to have a team. We’re going to have 14 guys who are individuals.
“Rondo’s been on us about this like every day. This is the same thing he did last year before he got hurt — and even after he got hurt he still stepped up and still helped out. Rondo’s a special basketball player. Honestly I see a future for him being a coach because he sees everything out there.”
Aside from some silly, New York-based trade chatter, there hasn’t been a Rondo storyline for reporters to chase this early season other than this… and that’s awesome.
All of the talk this summer… all of the consternation about his attitude… all of the predictions of a toxic atmosphere…. none of them have come to fruition. There hasn’t been a single peep that Rondo may be watching these games and getting frustrated and thinking to himself “THIS is what I’m going to come back to??”
He’s right, though. It is a long season. Time will tell. Rondo hates to lose, and he’s going to lose a lot of games even when he’s on the floor. It’s great to see him being so positive and such a leader right now. I’m anxious to see that carry over onto the court and see what kind of effect he has on the team out there.
We’ve seen how much this team needs a leader out there sometimes. Jared Sullinger has been a great calming influence on the team and is obviously the Celtics’ best healthy player, but it’s tough sometimes for a big to be that guy because he relies on the others to give him the ball. Rondo will change the entire feel of late, tight games.
For now, we’ll have to settle for pseudo-assistant Rondo keeping level heads in the locker room, and just wait for the rest to come together. It should be pretty awesome… we know how great it is to have an emotional leader quarterbacking your team.
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