Rajon Rondo is a fierce competitor, who always looks to compete, to produce and to win. Unfortunately, he has only been able to look on from the bench in the Boston Celtics first two games of the season this past week.
Still, he finds ways in which he can help out his new coach, Brad Stevens, and his teammates. Rondo sits next to his teammates on the bench, engaged in every single possession. Even though the team has dealt with its share of struggles, the al-star point guard continues to offer advice – almost as if he were a coach.
"It's all I can be," Rondo said after the 93-87 loss on opening night. "It's all I can be right now."
Rondo’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed by his teammates, either. Before the season he hosted a team dinner at his home, and has approached this season as a leader, and with an all-in attitude .
"I know it's hurting him not being out there, but he's always talking to us, giving us everything he has from the bench perspective," Celtics rookie Phil Pressey said. "Whatever he sees, he says. He knows some of the plays that they're calling, so he calls them out before they even call ‘em. That clipboard, he's writing stuff down all the time."
Even 33-year-old Keith Bogans noticed Rondo’s commitment to the team.
“He's a leader by nature, so that's what he's going to do every chance he gets,” Bogans said.
Stevens, who joined the Celtics this offseason after having a high level of success at Butler University, put a college twist onto the situation Rondo is currently in.
“I think this will be really good for him," Stevens said. "It's kind of like when you redshirt somebody in college and they have to watch and learn and see it from a different vantage point, so whenever he comes back he's going to be better for it.
The question at this point is not whether or not Boston’s franchise player will come back, but when. The C’s are 0-2 without Rondo, and clearly would enjoy welcoming him back to the roster as soon as he is ready.