Rajon Rondo is one of the top point guards in the NBA when healthy. He may not have the prettiest or most efficient jump shot, but he makes a ton of plays. He gets to the basket and seems to always find the open man. He can also rebound as well, as he racks up quite a few triple-doubles.
When Rondo is making plays on the court, everything seems to be alright in Boston. However, it seems as though any time a problem occurs for the Celtics, Rondo is the focal point of the blame.
When Ray Allen joined the Boston Celtics, they had themselves a Big 3 with Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett. Rondo made it a foursome with his blossoming as a point guard. The Celtics went on to win the NBA championship in 2008. Then things started going south, literally.
Allen claims that problems started with Rondo in 2009 when it was rumored the two were going to be traded to the Phoenix Suns. Allen informed Rondo that they were shipping them due to Head Coach Doc Rivers and Celtics president Danny Ainge didn’t particularly like the passionate point guard.
Rondo took offense to this, thinking Allen didn’t like him for whatever reason. That wasn’t the case, but the damage appeared to be done. After the 2011-2012 season, Allen took his talents to South Beach to join LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and the rest of the Miami Heat. The Celtics players took offense to this, due in large part because they had been battling the Heat for the past couple of seasons.
Doc Rivers, who coached Rondo and the Celtics to that 2008 championship, has left to coach the Los Angeles Clippers. Who was the one person that people pointed the finger at for Rivers leaving? You guessed it, Rondo. It was being reported that Rivers and Rondo nearly became engaged in a physical altercation in the locker room after Rondo cussed out his coach. Since then, Ainge has said that incident took place over two years ago and assured everyone that Rondo was not the reason Rivers was leaving.
If there was any doubt about what the Celtics were doing, there are none now as they are in full rebuild mode. On Thursday night during the NBA draft, the Celtics and Brooklyn Nets agreed to terms to send Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to Brooklyn for draft picks and a slew of players. Rondo remains on the team, but for how long?
Will Ainge look to rebuild around Rondo, who is recovering from an ACL tear? Or will he look to ship Rondo as well and completely rebuild the roster? Only time will tell. The Big 4 is officially over and Rondo is the lone player on the roster, despite all the blame and criticism he gets.
Does Rajon Rondo deserve all the blame he receives?