COMMENTARY | The situation between Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics is still unclear, although it seems that there is a new rumor or update every day. There have been talks of him coaching Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers, although this possibility is very much up in the air.
Many believe that Danny Ainge will be taking the team in a new direction, as it seems that this group as currently constructed has reached the end of the road. Veteran stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett may not return, and could possibly be shipped out of town for younger players.
Understandably so, Doc may not be willing to fully commit to a rebuilding project. This has been the widely accepted logic for why he may not coach the Celtics next season, as it seems that he has fully enjoyed his time in Boston. Now, it appears that there may be another important factor playing into his decision.
Rajon Rondo, the team's star point guard, is a polarizing player on several levels. He steps up and fights with the best players in the league on the big stage, but tends to vanish and look uninterested in less important games. Many question his character, as he often appears stubborn and confrontational. There were rumblings about his relationship with Ray Allen after Allen left for the Miami Heat, and there may now be similar questions between Rondo and Rivers.
According to a report from Sheridan Hoops, Rivers and his point guard nearly fought after a confrontation between the two during a team meeting. The report also suggests that this could be a factor in Doc wanting to leave Boston.
If this is indeed true, Danny Ainge has some serious evaluating to do. While Rondo is undeniably a huge part of the team, these kind of situations have to make you wonder if Rondo is a legitimate building block for the future. If Rondo can play a role in Rivers not wanting to return, what will happen if Ainge looks for Rondo to lead the franchise with a new group of younger players? Rivers is well established and respected around the league, and the Celtics can not afford to lose assets like him over Rondo's temper.
Coming off of an ACL injury, Rondo's stock is certainly not at the highest of levels at this moment. When he returns to the court, however, Boston management will need to take a very serious look at whether or not he is worth keeping. These kind of things should not be happening at this point in Rondo's career, as he is not a terribly young player anymore.
Danny Ainge can not afford to commit to Rajon Rondo only to be further burnt his immaturity, as these are not the type of players that you try to build around. It's time for Rondo to grow up and act like someone that general managers should want to shape their team around.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering the Celtics for 3 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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