Both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have at one time found themselves in the same situation in which Rajon Rondo now is mired.
When Pierce was with the Celtics and when Garnett was with the Timberwolves, they both endured the difficulty of being the best player on a losing team.
From what they've seen from Rondo, they believe he's able to shoulder the load of being a leader when times are tough. Upon his return to the Celtics lineup, it was announced Rondo was the team's new captain -- a post Pierce had held for years.
"I think he's ready now," Pierce said. "Rondo is mature. He understood what was coming, and I think he was ready. Before he had Kevin and me to lean on, and now he's the guy. He's the captain. He's who everybody looks to for leadership and I think he's ready. He's grown, he's matured. He's seen the bottom, he's seen the top, and he's gotta understand that it's his team to lead through good and through bad. And I think he understands that. He's ready for that responsibility. He's ready to deal with it."
Pierce and Garnett met with Rondo on Saturday night to have dinner with their former teammate. There they discussed Rondo's situation in Boston and Pierce and Garnett relayed the similar experiences that they went through.
"I think he took notes last night as we were tailing to him," Garnett said. "More importantly I think we stressed to set the tone and be the example even when he didn't want to. I always talk to him about being professional. Being a professional, you don't get to pick and choose when you wanna do that. Understand the pedigree of champion that you don't let losing become something usual. You keep that mentality of some are not gonna follow, but most will.
"You're the example and you're having a voice to just do it by example," Garnett added. "Rondo is ready. I think he's very comfortable in his role here. I think he understood the transition once it was happening. I think he's the type of person that has the type of mentality with the personality to do just that. He'll be alright."