Rajon Rondo was at the Celtics’ rookie draft workout today, and — as you might expect — reporters had a couple of questions about things that weren’t Chaz Williams.
Here’s Rondo on Kevin Love’s recent trip to Boston:
“You get right to it, huh? I talked to Kevin for about 39 seconds (Tom’s note: Rondo WOULD know how long, in seconds, he talked to Kevin Love), it wasn’t too long. We didn’t talk a lot.
Did it make TMZ? It’s all over the web? We do work together, we play against each other, we compete, so when I saw Kevin I spoke. I wished him good luck here.”
THAT’S NOT THE ANSWER WE ARE LOOKING FOR RAJON, LET’S TRY AGAIN.
“I trust a lot in Danny. He’s turned this thing around before. I have faith in him. I believe in Danny. I think we do need another big-time player. But that’s all his job. He’s working on that now and I completely have faith in him.
I don’t need to say how good (Love) is. The world sees it every night, or sees the stats every night. He puts up great numbers. But I think he wants to win now. It seems like, as of now, the team to beat, you have to gear up to beat the Miami Heat or the San Antonio Spurs. But either way, both teams have continued to dominate these last couple seasons. I think a lot of teams have to rethink about their team and the structure of their roster and try to make adjustments. I think the two or three years that we were pretty good, Miami geared up to beat the Boston Celtics. And the year before that, we geared up to beat the Detroit Pistons. It’s just a matter of getting the right team together to go beat the Heat and beat the Spurs. They are the teams to beat.”
Closer. Can we get a little more lighter fluid?
Asked about Love, Rondo stoked the fire a bit: “We could also be talking about Melo.” Well played, Mr. Rondo.
— Ben Watanabe (@BenjeeBallgame) June 2, 2014
There it is! But in the absence of any Carmelo rumors to pass along, let’s focus on Love for a minute.
The picture that floated around the internet yesterday of Rondo and Love greeting one another looked like a brief encounter, but their interaction is still quite intriguing. After all, the combination of Love and Rondo would be enough to at least interest other free agents in joining up and creating another Eastern Conference big three.
There’s little to look into in these quotes, of course. Rondo was careful to keep any kind of definitive statement out of his quotes (even his praise of Love seemed measured), and he clearly doesn’t want to upset the established order and be accused of tampering. He even trolled media a little bit when asked about making a pitch to Love.
“The only pitch that was thrown I think was Jon Lester, he threw out a couple pitches. I didn’t pitch anything. I just told him just enjoy his time here.”
Well played again, Mr. Rondo. I can’t imagine anyone is buying your story, but well played.
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