Rajon Rondo has long been considered a supremely talented player who has an attitude problem. He was supposed to be the leader of the Celtics for the past few years, but there were reports saying Boston was considering trading him because he had become so difficult. He’s had several run-ins with referees, blowups at the media, and he notably struggled to get along Ray Allen last season. But an excellent column by Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston provides more insight into Rondo as a Celtics leader, and it suggests he finally is assuming the role for which he was pegged a few years ago.
Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green had a great opening exhibition game this past weekend against Turkish team Fenerbache Ulker. In a loss, Green had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Just to see Green back on the court is exciting as his heart surgery last year raised serious concern as to whether Green would ever play again. He has returned and looks to appear right back into his old groove.
Rajon Rondo made his first seven shots, Darko Milicic will steal many of the headlines and Jared Sullinger looks like a keeper. But beyond any individual performances, the main lesson to take from Sunday’s 105-75 Boston Celtics NBA preseason win against EA7 Milano in Italy was that Doc Rivers now has options.
This is good news, and it may put him on the December end of the timeline for his return. Or sooner. Check him out on media day saying he’s “months” ahead (1:05 mark)… And when you consider the extent of his injury, that’s pretty amazing. That just makes me wonder how the hell those arms were still attached at the end. Go ahead and tell me you…
Terry showed off the Celtics tattoo he has proudly displayed since getting it early this month, pulling back his left sleeve to reveal the image of the mascot spinning the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy on his finger. He was not quite as bold in his prediction for the upcoming season as he has been in other interviews, but he did say the Celtics "hopefully" will win the championship this season.