Feb 26, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Western Conference guard Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (0), Tony parker of the San Antonio Spurs talk to Eastern Conference guard Rajon Rondo (9) of the Boston Celtics in the second quarter at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
Which makes you wonder: If Rondo goes, where do the Celtics go from there?
Rajon has always been streaky and inconsistent, but the Celtics are relying on him more than ever this year and the roller coaster season is an indication of that.
"He got us organized earlier," said Rivers. "The second half, he called 12 different sets, and we got to the first option, second option, and it just looked organized and good. And that’s who we were, and that’s who we have to be. And I thought it was Rondo’s doing."
"I think I’m the best, or I’m at my best when I’m in transition," added Rondo. "So, if we get stops, we’re able to get easy looks in transition for myself and for my teammates."
Makes you wonder if he think's he's a square peg in a round hole that needs a better system to run - be it in Boston with some younger teammates or in another city. But perhaps that's reading too much into that quote.
If you were looking for a direct quote from Rondo on the trade rumors swirling around him, you'll have to wait at least another day.
The Celtics media relations staff kept his postgame Q&A with reporters brief, little more than 2½ minutes, ensuring the focus stayed on Wednesday's game and not the latest spin through the trade winds that will only pick up Thursday, when players signed this past offseason can be traded.
Personally I'd still like to see the Celtics surround Rondo with some more transition-ready players (and to be fair, Jeff Green might have been one such player) but I wouldn't rule out the Celtics moving on and trading Rondo for someone that is more consistent.
As always, stay tuned to CelticsBlog for updates.