Rondo OK with Marcus Smart draft pick, I guess
Granted, I am a New England sports fan and I run on pessimism so of course every day I wake up expecting to see that Rondo has been traded, Danny Ainge has traded for garbage, and Wyc has moved the team to Latvia, but that is neither here nor there.
My worried attitude towards the backcourt situation is warranted. Rondo is my guy and unless the market for him completely dries up, the rumors are that the latest Celtics captain will be playing somewhere else before we draft again.
Rondo recently caught up with Baxter Holmes to discuss the fallout from the Celtics draft and his position with the team moving forward. I can't stress enough that this piece is worth the full read, but in case you're busy, here are the highlights.
ON DRAFT NIGHT
“I didn’t have a thousand text messages, so I knew I was still a Celtic or that we didn’t make any big trades,” he said with a laugh Monday during a break at his basketball camp, held in his hometown.
ON IF DRAFTING MARCUS SMART MEANS HE IS ON HIS WAY OUT OF BOSTON
“I don’t think nothing of it,” he said, shrugging his shoulders. “I am who I am.”
“I don’t have too many feelings involved in this business. I’ve played my heart out for the game, but business is business. I can be here today, gone tomorrow. You never know. For me to get bent out of shape, or to feel threatened by the Celtics drafting a point guard, it means nothing.”
“I think we got some good picks, some really good picks,” Rondo said. “What I like about Smart is that he competes. He kind of reminds me [of myself]. I like the guys that compete and remind me of myself, guys like [Kendrick Perkins]. That’s not to say that nobody on the team this year didn’t compete. Avery [Bradley] is one of the best competitors that we have in this league.
RONDO'S HIGH SCHOOL COACH ON THE CELTICS DRAFTING A POINT GUARD
“It won’t affect [Rondo],” Bibby said. “If anything, it just woke up a beast.”
ON IF HE HAS SEEN SMART PLAY
“No, the only time I saw him play was the incident he had [an altercation with a fan at Texas Tech], and I really didn’t get to see him play, because once I turned it on he was pretty much thrown out of the game,” Rondo said. “I’ve never really seen him play. I’ve only seen Young play because it was Kentucky.”