The team's apparent new leader, point guard Rajon Rondo, was on the floor as he continues to find his way back from a torn ACL.
Many have questioned whether or not Rondo can lead an NBA franchise. There have been concerns about his attitude and demeanor for years now, although many of them seem to be without a ton of merit. Additionally, there are some who believe that much of his production is attributable to his Hall of Fame teammates.
With no more legendary teammates and Doc Rivers in Los Angeles, it's time to see what Rondo is made out of.
Plenty of people have their doubts, but Pierce and Garnett have nothing but faith in their old teammate. After their win in Boston, both spoke about how they believe Rondo is more than ready to be the leader of the new look Celtics.
These two surely would have a pretty good perspective, right?
Unfortunately, it may be a little while until we can properly evaluate Rondo as a leader. It's clear that he's still recovering from the torn ACL, and it will take some time for him to get his legs back. Not to mention, there's not a whole lot of talent surrounding him.
Still, when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett call someone a leader, you have to pay attention. In addition to being NBA champions, they are both two of the best players of their generation. Pierce led the Celtics for many years, and Garnett has been a leader everywhere he's been in the NBA.
If you wish to count out Rondo as a leader, do so at your own risk. Just know that KG and Pierce will be amongst those betting against you.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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