File this under: suck it, haters. Rajon Rondo is finally ready to be a leader and superstar in the NBA, according to former Celtics captain Paul Pierce.
While discussing the trade that shipped him out of Boston, as well as what lies ahead for his former organization, Pierce spoke at length about Rondo with The Boston Globe, dismissing much of the negative talk that has followed the former Cat throughout his career.
“Without question [he can be the man in Boston],” Pierce said. “I’ve already talked to Rajon; Rajon’s mature. People talk about the relationship with Doc, and they probably had their best years over the last two years. So I don’t think that was a reason for Doc leaving. I’ve heard that, but that wasn’t a reason for Doc not coming back.
“Rondo is one of the best players in the league. He’s a guy who can be the face of a franchise. He’s won a championship, he’s been an All-Star. There’s a lot of organizations who don’t even have a face of that caliber. I definitely think he’s matured and can handle a lot. I talked to him and he’s ready for the challenge. He knows that it’s his team. He knows he has to be a leader, and from being around me and Kevin [Garnett] and seeing how we work.”
There you have it, straight from The Truth’s mouth (who, by the way, now plays for the C’s divisional rival): Rondo isn’t the immature coach-killer that everyone seems to think that he is. So lay off, critics. Go complain about Russell Westbrook or something.