Coach Rajon Rondo has an awkward ring to it.
We know him as a crafty floor general, prone to temper tantrums and ball-chucking outbursts. We know him as a four-time All-Star (three appearances), capable of threading needles with his eyes closed. We know him as Rajon Rondo—the point God.
One day, a long time from now, we may also know him as Coach Rondo.
The Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes reports Rondo is taken by the idea of coaching once he retires:
I have a long way to go. And obviously I want to play for another 10 or 11 years. But it is something that’s in the back in my mind. And it starts now. I think the process is starting now.
I watched Doc [Rivers] for seven years. I watched how he handled certain players, how he handled certain situations, how you handle a four-game losing streak, how you handle a 10-game winning streak.
Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle's poker buddy; Rondo fancies himself the next Jason Kidd.
Kidd was always considered a coach amongst players, and it seems Rondo's shooting for a similar trajectory, minus the expensive disaster in Brooklyn and the days-old stubble.
I would personally be lying to you if I didn't say this comes as a slight surprise.
Sitting down with Red Bull Signature Series host Sal Masekela and redbull.com basketball contributor Brian Kamenetzky last June, Rondo admitted he has always been difficult to coach. He also reportedly almost came to blows with Doc Rivers last season, according to Sheridan Hoops' Chris Sheridan.
Becoming a head or assistant coach means he must juggle hardheaded players like himself, something I never thought the notoriously impatient Rondo would pursue.
But I was sorely mistaken. Rondo is already preparing for life as a coach.
"I’m watching him very closely," Rondo said of his current head coach, Brad Stevens, per Holmes.
First Rivers, now Stevens. The point guard is an avid student, someone who, according to Holmes, even grabs hold of the clipboard and draws up his own plays.
"He has some good ones," Stevens said, via Holmes.
You learn something new everyday. Here we were wondering if Rondo could tolerate leading a young Boston Celtics team on his own as a player, when it turns out he's hoping to guide teams from the sidelines for a living after he retires.
"Rondo, it’s like he sees the play before it happens," teammate Courtney Lee said, via Holmes.
Sounds like the crystal ball-wielding Rondo will make a good coach after all. Guess there's nothing else to do other than wish him luck a decade-plus in advance, all while hoping his future coaching career pans out better than Kidd's has started.