For the franchise, it is to build around said point guard and play to his strengths while minimizing some weaknesses.
For Rondo, the challenge is to lead a suddenly different-looking roster. Rondo will be expected to tie this group of new faces together as they forge into the 2013-14 season.
The world probably won't ever decide on a fitting description of Rondo's game, but with a quality season, he can go a long way toward silencing critics.
He's had a cushy past few years, running an offense that featured such talented scorers as Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Now the carpet has been pulled out from under him. The big names are gone, and his coach is in Los Angeles. This season, there won't be an eye in TD Garden not trained on jersey No. 9.
Before we delve into the year of Rondo, let's break out the yellow legal pad.