Uproxx- Rondo, who told the Chicago Tribune, “I’ve been preparing to coach since I left Boston, really,” doesn’t just want to coach in the NBA someday like Brandon Roy, but immediately after he’s done, a la Jason Kidd.
“That’s the plan. Hopefully I can transition right into it after playing instead of having to sit out or going a different route,” Rondo said. “I know it’s not an easy job. But I respect that this is the highest level of being a coach. If I needed to go an assistant route, I’d do it. But I don’t know if it would need that.”
I only have one question for Rajon Rondo here...
Why didn't you say so!?!?
This basically explains the entirety of his career. He might seem like a much maligned point guard whose league-wide reputation is that he is a bit of a prima donna who is constantly defiant of authority, but that's not the case at all. This whole time he's just been so dedicated to becoming a Head Coach immediately after his playing days are over that he didn't even let them end before he began his attempts at sabotaging his potential predecessors. That's the kind of artful savvy required to man the sidelines in a suit if you ask me. There's only 30 NBA head coaching gigs and the more guys that get canned for having a contentious relationship with their primary ball handler the better the chances that he ultimately takes their place. No wonder he got dismissed during the playoffs by Rick Carlisle. It's not because his work ethic was the only thing shittier than his attitude. It's because someone with that kind of resume knows a person that's gunning for his job when he sees one. I suppose he could have just tried a little harder and developed into a leader on and off the court while playing a position that lends itself towards doing so. However, who is to say the philosophy of burning all your bridges and hoping the men standing on the other side of them get blamed isn't a shortcut as opposed to actually paying your dues and earning a high profile job? Think about it this way, if he keeps up his act in Chicago then by the time the season is over he'll have a hell of a lot of experience being behind the bench.