Rondo’s ‘determined to show I can become a leader’ campaign took a hit in many people’s eyes when he lost his composure in the game on Wednesday against the Nets. I do not see it that way, as he showed he can become the emotional leader once the days of Kevin Garnett are over. Sure he was short fused, but he also displayed unrivaled support for his teammates. There is a ‘you’re either with me or against me’ perception of Rondo and his recent actions seem to echo that sentiment. Either way, there is material from the summer being published to prove he is still the same polarizing Rajon Rondo we have grown to love (via CSN New England).
“A lot of media has put out stuff like he’s not a good teammate, he doesn’t get along, all that stuff,” Lee told CSNNE.com earlier this season. “Me being here, I think all that’s false. Everyone in the locker room gets along with each other, everybody’s cool, he’s a good guy. He practices hard every day. He’s always trying to get a win.”
Rondo showed he is a fantastic teammate and will always go to bat for his squad. To me that is all that is all that is important– the baggage that comes with being a competitor Celtic’s fans will have to accept as part of the greater Rondo package.