Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 8/20/13
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The first thing that was mentioned right after the Celtics named Brad Stevens their new coach was whether or not he could handle the mercurial Rajon Rondo. Rondo had just mentioned in an interview that he loved playing for Doc and wanted to play for him. Then Doc went to LA and suddenly, Rondo had a new coach and no one knew how he would react. One of Stevens' first acts as head coach was to travel to Kentucky where Rondo was conducting his his youth camp so that he could meet his young point guard face to face. From all reports, the meeting went well and Rondo seems ready to not only accept his new coach, but to embrace his leadership role. In a Globe article, former Celtic (boy does that seem strange to write) Paul Pierce, had this to say about Rondo emerging as a leader: “Rondo is one of the best players in the league. He’s a guy who can be the face of a franchise. He’s won a championship, he’s been an All-Star. There’s a lot of organizations who don’t even have a face of that caliber. “I definitely think he’s matured and can handle a lot. I talked to him and he’s ready for the challenge. He knows that it’s his team. He knows he has to be a leader, and from being around me and Kevin [Garnett] and seeing how we work.” So, Rondo has indicated that he's ready to be a leader. He's said that he wants to work with his new coach. Seems like everything is going well so you would think that the rumors about Rondo being a malcontent would at least take a vacation. But then Gary Washburn tweeted this: NBA source familiar with #celtics say team desperately needs another asst coach who can bond with Rondo, someone he can relate to and trust — gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) August 18, 2013 So now, Rajon Rondo needs his own coach - somebody he can relate to and trust. Um, shouldn't that be Brad Stevens? I mean after all, they are pretty much in the same age bracket with just 9 years difference between them. Rondo can't relate to and trust his own head coach? Seems like the reports that Rondo has matured and is ready to work with Stevens are off or this report is off. If Rondo has matured so much, why would the team be desperately seeking a handler for him? But, the team has traded off Rondo's best friends and confidants on the team. First there was Perk and now KG, both players that Rondo was close to and confided in. If the team is looking for someone to be Rondo's life coach, I have a suggestion. Keyon Dooling was one of Rondo's closest friends. They bonded as teammates and Keyon was a good influence on Rondo. If the Celtics want someone that Rondo trusts and can relate to, they should make Keyon an offer to return to the Celtics as an assistant coach. Keyon is probably not ready to give up playing, but it would be an ideal situation for the Celtics. I can't think of anyone better to guide Rondo into the leadership role that he's going to need to fill this season. [Discuss on CG Forums!]
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