Boston Celtics management can take comfort in knowing they still have their coach in Doc Rivers. They smartly recognized Rivers would become the most wanted coach in the NBA after Phil Jackson retired.
The determining factor in him staying on Causeway Street was the luxury of knowing his point guard knows his system.
In two years, The "Big Three" would have—hopefully—cemented their Boston legacy by bringing home banner No. 18.
Rivers would then be left with Rondo and Pierce as building blocks, along with Jeff Green's potential.
At that point, it will either be Rajon Rondo's team or a team without an identity.
At times Rondo makes us marvel at his unorthodox game and very high basketball IQ; his ability to think through the game sets him apart from his peers. There is a fascination with the flashy offensive moves of the other top-10 guards in the league, but not one of them can top Rondo in dissecting an opposing team's game plan on the fly. He is the only one who can control a game without scoring.
It is amazing to see other teams try to make Rondo a scorer by backing off him because all that does is give him more room to find ways to beat the defense.
Besides, Pierce, Garnett and Allen are there to bail him out.
Two years from now though, they won't be around. That factor alone puts doubt in the minds of NBA pundits about Rondo being a true top-tier guard.
Rondo's confidence in himself and his game is well-documented. His interviews are often lined with tongue-in-cheek remarks that often leave reporters puzzled, but he speaks like a man dedicated to the Green.
ESPN reported on a local interview he conducted in his native Louisville, Ky. that shows he has a true Celtics mentality. When a local reporter asked him about the possibility of playing overseas, Rondo responded as a true Green-teamer, saying his only concerns were getting his elbow healthy, putting up shots and preparing for the upcoming season with his team, the Boston Celtics.
If Rondo wants to be the next face of the franchise and possibly retire as a Celtic, he is doing the right thing by putting in the work. Pierce obviously is on the back-end of his Hall-of-Fame career, therefore it will be up to Rondo to be next in line to continue the championship lineage.