Rondo says he's going to be just like Tommy -

The C's point guard can add that to his resume after Monday night, when he joins play-by-play man Mike Gorman to call the Celtics-Bulls matchup in Chicago.

It's the second half of back-to-back games and the still-recovering-after-knee-surgery Rondo has been skipping those. So, instead of sitting on the bench, he'll still be courtside, but with a headset on helping out on Comcast SportsNet New England's telecast.

I love this. I love this so much. Seriously- who is handling the Rondo PR machine? The Ghost of JFK? He's doing all of the things to get New England to love him forever.

He's going right down the line of things he should be doing right now:

Does he seem like he's just chasing a contract? No- When asked if he would leave for superstar money, he responded, "I'm making superstar money now." Check.

Is he playing with the kind of passion that can inspire the team? Yes. He got his face smashed in and returned to a game they were probably going to lose. Check.

What is he doing even though he's not playing in every game until he's fully recovered? He's doing color commentary for an away game so even though he can't contribute to the game, he's contributing to the fan experience. Check.

He's doing it. The only thing left for him to do is lead this team to a championship or casually drop that he was part of the negotiations to re-sign Vince Wilfork and David Ortiz. At this point, I wouldn't doubt either of those things.

I bet he'll even purposely lose in his next Connect Four tournament if a kid makes it to the finals.

He's not a candidate for MVP and the Celtics are MILES out of the title picture, but that doesn't matter (this year). He's Rajon Rondo- The People's Champion.