Rajon Rondo interviewed with Slam, and my favorite part was his goals for next season.
It’s not necessarily stats, but there are goals. Last year I had a couple of goals: I wanted to be First-Team All Defense, and I got that; and I wanted to be an All-Star, and I got that as well. In terms of my goals, I reached all of them except winning the Finals, but I got pretty close.
For the individual awards I give my teammates a lot of credit, I know that I’m not an All-Star by myself. KG makes me look better because they double him off of me sometimes. Ray draws double teams when he comes off down-screens, and Paul does when he gets the ball isolated, so those guys make me look a lot better.
I’m pretty sure that people who don’t like my game are waiting to see how I react when I don’t have the Big Three, but I don’t really care. I’m doing what I can do now for the team, and that’s why I’m in this situation.
What are your goals for next year?
As a team it’s to try to win 60-plus games and to try to stay healthy. As long as we’re healthy I’m pretty fine with what we do on the court. We don’t have to win 70 games, but it would be nice to get the first-place position and the home court advantage, because who can say? I never look back and say what if, but if we had the home seed then maybe the outcome would have been different against L.A.
What about your individual goals?
Individually, I want to be first-team all defense, I want to be an all star, and I want to win the NBA Finals.
Rajon, you’re way wrong about one thing my friend. You ARE an All-Star by yourself. But you’re dead on about The Game That Must Not Be Named. If the Celtics had that same 13-point cushion at home, there’s no way they wilt down the stretch. No way. That’s why the regular season should be treated like more than just an 82-game training camp. You never know when you’ll need home-court advantage.