Sep 30, 2013; Waltham, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) talks to reporters during media day at the Celtics Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Rajon Rondo On Celtics: 'Why Would I Want To Leave'


All of a sudden, the Boston Celtics are, basically, in the hands of Rajon Rondo.

With Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers all gone, it’s now on Rondo to put on the cape and save Boston — to bring them back to relevancy (even though the Celtics are two years removed from a conference finals appearance).

Though, many believed that he would want out. I mean, why would anyone want to be stuck in a rebuilding franchise, when they’re at the peak of their careers?

But he’s different, always has been. In this case, he thinks differently too.

“This is my team; why would I want to leave?” Rondo said. “Why would I want out? I’ve never really backed away from a challenge.”

“It’s a brand new start for us as a team,” Rondo said.

“That’s my natural instinct — to make my teammates better,” he said. “And regardless of who’s out there on the floor, I believe I do make everybody out there better. I’m going to push as hard as I can. I’m going to demand a lot out of them. I wouldn’t demand anything that I don’t demand of myself.”

[via Left behind in Celtics' breakup, Rondo looks to a future on his own]

At least, that’s what he’s saying. All this could change, lets say, in about a few months, when the Celtics start the season 12-25. But at least right now, he’s saying all the right things you would expect the leader of your franchise to say.

With that said, Rondo and the Celtics still haven’t set a timetable for when we will see his return to the court. Though, rumors have been flying around that the All Star point guard might not be ready to play until December.


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