Rajon Rondo taking on bigger leadership role with Celtics

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In what may be the 489,472nd article about how the Celtics are moving on from Ray Allen — they’ll be fine, we get it — we learned something interesting about who is taking on a leadership role with the Celtics.

It comes from an interview with Doc Rivers at ESPNBoston.com.

“Rondo has been great, just terrific this summer,” Rivers said. “He reached out to all the players and got every single one of them to fly to L.A. and practice together. They put in about four or five hours a day. Paul and KG were already out there, but Rondo got Jason and Courtney Lee and all the other guys on board too.

“He called and asked me what I thought of the idea. I loved it, especially because it was him that organized it.”

They were playing at UCLA, which is home to some of the best off-season pickup games on the West Coast (or anywhere, really). Pretty much all the NBA guys in Southern California during the summer drop in at the UCLA games.

Which is good for the Celtics, good for their growth and getting the new guys acclimated.

But Rivers is spot on about the best part being Rondo taking a leadership role. This is becoming his team. It bodes well for a few years from now, in a post KG/PP world.