The Celtics gave Rondo a new deal and don't appear to have any interest in trading him. Not only is Rondo playing like an All-Star this season, the 23-year-old point guard also just might be the Celtics' most valuable player.
"He's been dominant, he's been amazing," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "He's had an unbelievable year so far. He's been a leader. He's been the best defender at times. He's done everything for us."He does so many things that I don't know how you can lose what he does with our team. He sets the table every night. He's been absolutely perfect."
"I'm definitely glad it's over now," Rondo said. "I'm getting sleep. You don't have to play with [the stress]. If I play bad, I get a bad contract? If I play good, I get a good contract? There are so many ups and downs and you can think about the contract throughout the season. Now, I can just play."
Additionally, Jessica Camerato at WEEI's Green Street blog has a wonderful interview with Rondo on the art of the dime.
"I think that stands out the most on the court, unselfishness. It's not necessarily ball handling, it's being unselfish for your teammates, sacrificing for your teammates. My situation is me giving up the ball to make somebody better. KG and Perk just defensively helping out when I may get beat off the dribble, their unselfishness just to come over and help makes me look better or maybe not look as bad as I was on defense. So for a team to be a great team, I think you have to have a lot of people sacrifice a lot of things. We had the Big Three that came in, all leading their teams in scoring, they all had to sacrifice shots. They all did a great job of it. It's not just me. It's the whole team. It's the whole team concept. That's where Ubuntu comes in. I can go on and on about it."
As of this morning Rajon is:
- 4th in the league in Assists (9.6 per game)
- 1st in the league in Steals (2.5 per game)
- Averaging a career high of 14.1 points per game, 3 points better than his average from last year
- Averages 4.1 boards per game, 4th among all Point Guards