Yet his younger counterparts claim Rondo has been the glue to the locker room for years. Avery Bradley said it was Rondo, not the seasoned veterans, who checked on him regularly during his rookie season to make sure he was eating right, had the transportation he needed or had someone to talk to when he was feeling lonely or overwhelmed.
Bradley was devastated when he sent to the NBA Developmental League in January 2011. "I felt like it was a punishment almost," he said.
It was Rondo who stopped by Bradley's apartment and stressed the move was a chance for him to play and improve, and Rondo who made arrangements to watch Bradley play in Maine before a last-minute change to a Celtics practice scuttled the plans.
"But it showed how much he cared about me," Bradley said. "How much he cares about everybody."
"He is the most underappreciated leader in this league," Dooling declared. "Do you know how many times we were at the Rondo family home [last season]? We were there all the time, bonding, building team chemistry.
"Honestly, our veterans didn't do a very good job of supporting him in his [leadership] role."
"I love Ray. I love his family. He's a true pro. But it's unfair how this all came out. Ray had such a good relationship with all the reporters and Rondo was so quiet. So who gets all the good press?
"Sometimes it felt like Ray spent more time talking to the media than he did to his teammates.''
Wilcox & Daniels
In the midst of a shortened NBA season that ended with a crushing Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals, a curious quintet of Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Dooling, Chris Wilcox and Marquis Daniels developed such a close bond that Rondo requested the five players have their rooms situated close to one another in the team hotel.
"That was the crew," Rondo said. "We had a lot of the same hobbies. Cars, movies, shopping. And, besides Keyon, we're all pretty private."
Rondo organized the dinners, the movies, the trips to the clubs. When there was a delay in shipping Daniels' car to Boston, Rondo handed him the keys to his 2010 Challenger.
The five players settled into a rotating dinner pattern: quesadillas at the Rondos one night, steaks at the Doolings the next. Their wives commiserated and their kids played together.
Wilcox, or "Wheezy,'' as the players call him, debated his vintage Cadillac Coupe de Ville against Rondo's sparkling new Range Rover. Rondo talked politics with KG, fashion with Dooling, video games with Daniels.
"We got so close," Wilcox said. "It was the best team I'd ever been on."
It was a challenging year for all five of them, particularly Wilcox, who underwent heart surgery that ended his season.
"I've got the TV on while they are playing Miami and it really hurt me," Wilcox admitted. "I had never been in the playoffs before, so sitting home and watching them was hard."
In the middle of that heated series, Wilcox got an afternoon phone call from Rondo.
"Just checking in on you, big fella," he said.
Daniels, who fell out of Boston's rotation, said Rondo was the one who implored him to stay sharp, to stay ready.
"He's such an incredible teammate," Daniels said. "And he gets such a bad rap."
I liked the quotes. It's not too surprising that Allen is more of a douchebag than Rondo. The one thing I've always loved about Rondo is his loyalty and fire. He has that old school mentality unlike most players in the league.
a guy has shopping as his hobby? would've thought only girls liked shopping.
Personally i'm not rich, and I work more than 15 hours a week, but I love shopping. Food, clothes, shoes, went car shopping once which was pretty fun too. I can't imagine how much fun it would be to go shopping if you were a god damned millionaire who could buy whatever the hell you wanted to.
Seems like the guy with the problems is Ray Allen. He was probably real jelly that a younger player is being a better leader than he ever was. You have to remember Ray Allen was a failed lead dog and it's hard to accept that a guy he dislikes, is doing a better job than he did.
Even KG, said he doesn't call Ray anymore since he left. Obviously something is wrong with Allen.