Moody. Mercurial. Exceedingly bright. These are words that describe Rajon Rondo. They also are built in excuses for his seemingly aloof nature. The moments when he actually opens up are few and far between. When he does open up it leaves people wanting more, and wondering why he can't always be so charming and hilarious. His stints on Jimmy Kimmel have been fantastic.
Brad Stevens was extremely positive about his interactions with Rondo this week. A. Sherrod Blakely reported that Stevens and Rondo have had many conversations and that Rondo is "excited" to get back and lead.
Stevens also said, "Every time we've talked, it;s been a really engaging conversation." One of the big knocks on Rondo is that he thinks he's the smartest guy in the room. He's like the kid in class that always asks why the teacher is making him do an assignment. He's well read, somewhat insular, and stoic. At times it seems like he does not truly connect with any of his teammates.
However, Stevens, a basketball junky and advanced metric disciple, could be a perfect match for the young poker-faced point guard. Stevens is very bright, articulate, and sees the big picture; making it easy for him to keep an even keel.
If Danny Ainge decides to allow these two men to coexist it could turn into a very positive relationship. The smart point guard and the nerdy coach who both love the game of basketball and want to talk about it and dissect it as best they can. The hope is that they find a mutual respect (it seems like it might already be happening), and push this team back to greatness over the next 4-5 years if Rondo decides to stick around. Or if Ainge decides to allow him to stick around.
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