The Celtics are undoubtedly Rajon Rondo’s team now. He is the clear best player on the team and he is also the most tenured player in the Celtics organization. Its going to be up to him to show the young Celtics players how things are done so the organization can get back to their winning ways sooner than later.
Well, apparently, Kevin Garnett has been teaching Rondo how to lead by example. Mass Live got a hold of an interview with Kevin Garnett in China where he was promoting his new shoe. Big thanks to them for transcribing the interview for the rest of us to see.
On the most important thing he taught Rondo:
“About leadership. I feel like one of the things I always tried to stress to him is, when you’re a leader, you lead by example. It’s not a lot about what you say, it’s a lot about what you do.”
On whether Rondo can push the new Celtics back to the top:
“Absolutely. I’m sure he’s going to push them to make the team better, and (president of basketball operations Danny Ainge) is going to do just that. The franchise has always been used to winning. They have a new coach and new system up there, so I’m thinking that’s going to be a plus. I wish them all the best, man. I have no ill will towards anything in Boston.”
Garnett also mentioned that he spoke with all of the younger Celtics that were on the team before he left. He extended his embrace out to them and said that if they ever needed him he would be there. Garnett is doing everything he can for the young Celtics and that should be appreciated–he doesn’t have to.
For the Celtics to be good again, Rajon Rondo is going to have to embrace this leadership role–everyone knows that. He needs to take whatever advice Garnett has given him and run with it. I’m sure he’ll eventually mold his way into becoming his own leader, but what Garnett has taught him isn’t a bad way to start at all.