COMMENTARY | Rajon Rondo has proven to be an extremely competitive individual during his time in the NBA, and is someone who truly hates to lose. He always seems to play at his best in the biggest games against some of the best players in the league. With Rondo on the court, the Boston Celtics always seem to believe that they can win. While he sometimes appears complacent in "less important" games, Rondo's fire and passion on the big stage is admirable.
Anyone who follows the team knows that Rajon Rondo does not particularly like LeBron James and the Miami Heat. It all began with LeBron's battles with Boston while James was a member of the Cavaliers, and has carried over to Miami. Rondo has not forgotten the time he hurt his elbow in the playoffs after being pulled down by Dwyane Wade, and the Heat have not forgotten the time where Rondo almost single-handedly beat them in the playoffs with a 44 point effort.
There has been speculation that following the massive trade with the Brooklyn Nets, Danny Ainge's next move could be to move Rondo. Ainge has insisted that the team will build around Rondo and new head coach Brad Stevens, but you can never be completely sure. Despite the fact that he is coming off of a knee injury, plenty of teams around the league would love to have Rondo on their team.
Amongst all of the speculation, there is one thing that Rondo wanted to make perfectly clear; he will never wear a Miami Heat uniform.
It's good to see that despite all that has happened, Rondo has not lost any of his edge. In fact, this may be something that helps this new Boston team grow.
Rondo's passion for winning and being competitive should rub off on some of the younger players on the team, despite the fact that they likely won't be serious contenders. Against the best teams in the league, such as the Miami Heat, Rondo will have his teammates ready to battle. It might not translate into a ton of wins, but it is exactly the mentality that you want a young group to have.
It will be tough for Rondo to suffer through a season of growing pains with a new roster and a new coach, but his competitive nature and genuine dislike for his opponents will be a huge asset. A few big wins against the best teams can do a lot for a young team's confidence, which will help their growth.
This can all start with Rondo's passion and hate for the Miami Heat. If he can get some of his teammates to feel the same way, this young Boston roster has a great chance of growing into something unique.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering the Celtics for 3 years. He has been featured onFox 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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