If we are to believe Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, who teamed up to sing "When You Believe," there is no reason why Rajon Rondo can't thrive as the leader of the Boston Celtics and carry his team into the postseason.
Near the top of a long list of storylines to watch in 2013-14, Rondo's first season as Boston's focal point is sure to draw many eyes. With Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers out of town, those eyes probably won't have much else to look at when the Celtics are playing.
Over the past few seasons, the word has been that Boston was Rondo's team and that he was the new leader. There were always two sides to that story, though. This year, there really is no discounting that statement. Rondo is the longest-tenured Celtic by far and is also undoubtedly the team's best and most successful player.
Whether the Celtics thrive or stumble, credit or blame will be directed almost solely at No. 9. The Celtics' rebuilding could be a long process or it could be put on the backburner if Rondo can carry his team.