Rajon Rondo’s future uncertain!
Rajon Rondo, the Celtics guard’s contract runs out at the end of this season. Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge had tume until Halloween to offer an extension but he preffered to keep him on hold for now. Ainge said Rondo needed to “grow up” and Rondo’s agent, Bill Duffy, took offense publicly.
Ainge said “People were trying to read between the lines, all of a sudden the talk shows and the bloggers are saying, ‘Oh! (Ainge) said he’s not a (maximum-contract) player! What does that mean? How come he doesn’t like him?”
“I was stating some things that Rondo needs to improve. He needs to be a better leader. He needs to be a little bit more consistent. He needs to improve the shooting. And the next thing I know, it’s like I’m ripping Rondo. I mean, I love the kid. We’re hopeful that Rondo will be our point guard for a decade.”
Rondo on the other hand said, “I love Danny. There is no friction or anything between us.”
Ainge appreciated the Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals, when Rondo had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals against the Los Angeles Lakers. He said Rondo was the best player in the gym that night, even with four or five Hall of Famers on the court,” Ainge says. “With that sometimes comes a curse; people expect that more consistently. I thought last year he did get more consistent, and I’m hoping this year he’ll be even more consistent.”
“We just live in a world where anything that’s constructive, but not glowing, is some sort of criticism rather than an honest evaluation,” Ainge says. “If you want an honest evaluation, I’ll give you one. If you want me to just sugarcoat it and tell everybody how great they are, I can do that, too. Or I can just not say anything, which is what I try to do most of the time.”