What’s Brewing: The Doc Rivers Saga has led to some leakage surrounding the chilly relationship between Rivers and Rajon Rondo, and focuses on a heated exchange between teacher and pupil during a team meeting. According to the reports, Rondo uttered the F-word at Rivers, causing Rivers to erupt and to go after Rondo. Cooler heads prevailed, if you believe the reports, and the incident was kept behind closed doors – until now.
Insider’s Take: Rondo is clearly a special player who brings a special set of skills with him to the basketball court. He’s also a very bright guy with a high IQ and a self-confidence about him that makes him one of the most dangerous players in the league. That said, Rondo also possesses a very prickly personality. He’s a lone wolf by nature, and he prefers to operate within his own framework of what makes the team successful. Stubborn? You bet – and that’s putting it mildly. With that said, one has to wonder whether it is Rondo who is tearing the Celtics apart, piece by piece, or if it’s just a case of character assassination by those with incomplete and oftentimes inaccurate information. Those in the former group point to Ray Allen bolting Boston for a better team and a healthier team environment in Miami. They also point to the friction between Rivers and Rondo, and the too-frequent outbursts by Rondo during game situations. Those in the latter group point to Rondo’s willingness to play through pain, as he did a couple of seasons ago when D-Wade pulled him to the ground and dislocated his elbow in the process. As for Celtics Insider, the thought here is that the truth is somewhere in the middle. Yes, Rondo can be difficult, aloof and stubborn. But Rondo does genuinely seem to care about the bottom line – winning. Rondo, whether you love him or hate him, is a superstar and Boston’s best young player. And no matter which side of the fence you fall on, you have to give Rondo credit for shrugging off those awkward trade scenarios that have went public, forcing Danny Ainge to acknowledge the trade talks and go immediately into damage control. We like Rondo at Celtics Insider. Always have. We just wish play nice with the coaching staff, his teammates and avoid the occasional referee chest bump.