The Globe’s Gary Washburn caught up with Doc Rivers at a charity golf event in Rhode Island. There was some discussion about Rajon Rondo:
Rondo and Rivers have maintained a close relationship and the two have talked often this summer.
“Rondo’s going to be great this year,” Rivers said. “He’s going to be healthy. It’s the following year [after ACL surgery] that you become who you were. So I think Rondo will have a great year. And I think that will be great for the team.
“I do talk to Rondo. I don’t get into [his contract] because that’s an uncomfortable area for me and him, probably. So we don’t even touch that. I just think that he’s in a good frame of mind; that’s all that counts.”
The Celtics might win only 20-25 games but Rondo is going to have a HUGE year. Guys tend to play with extra focus and effort when tens of millions of dollars are on the line.
I’m stunned Doc would maintain a close relationship with a player he despises.