Rondo covers 'Boston Common,' continues to open up

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Rondo covers 'Boston Common,' continues to open up

BOSTON - For most of Rajon Rondo's basketball career, there has been little insight into who he really is other than what you see on the basketball court.
These days, the ever-reclusive All-star point guard appears to be more open to opening up, and the results have been impressive.
After a media blitz this summer that included appearances on national programs such as NBC's the "Today" Show and an internship at GQ magazine, Rondo's latest achievement of note is appearing on the cover of Boston Common magazine -- a rare feat for an athlete.
Since 2007, only six athletes have appeared on the magazine's cover. Two of those athletes were current Celtic Paul Pierce (December, 2008) and former C's big man Shaquille O'Neal (Spring, 2011).
When asked about being on the cover following the Celtics' practice on Wednesday, not even the always-cool and collected Rondo could hide his excitement about being featured in the magazine.
"It is a really big deal," Rondo told CSNNE.com prior to the magazine's party in his honor that was attended by a number of his teammates in addition to head coach Doc Rivers. "To get an opportunity to be on the cover, it's definitely an honor. Guys like Paul Pierce ... only a few sports guys have been on the cover."
Once he arrived on the red carpet, Rondo, donning a green jacket and a black shirt, was soon greeted by a sea of flashing light bulbs and several individuals -- among them Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca -- taking turns to get a picture with Rondo.
"I'm excited to be here, with the support of my teammates and the support of Boston," Rondo said.
Unlike most of the other magazine covers that Rondo has been featured, Boston Common is more of a lifestyle publication as opposed to one that is centered around the game of basketball.
Being featured in such a publication speaks to how Rondo is no longer seen as an NBA player on the rise.
Instead, he is viewed as more than just a basketball player, but a multi-faceted talent whose reach and influence extends beyond the hardwood.
Although there are a number of charitable endeavors that Rondo is involved with, there are many more that are never talked about in part because that's how Rondo wants it to be.
"I'm kind of a behind the camera-type guy when I try to do something from the heart," he said. "I don't need a lot of media attention or cameras there when I do certain charity events. It's just something I do."
And what he's doing now is continuing to take the world by storm doing what so many close to him have been pushing him to do for years -- be Rondo.
He's not just a basketball player. Rondo is a personality with purpose; a purpose that includes interests beyond the game of basketball that he's finally at peace with sharing to the rest of the world such as his growing love for fashion.
"People seeing a different side of me other than just basketball," Rondo said. "I don't do a lot of stuff, other than basketball. But when I did this summer, when I did, it opened up a lot of, a whole new window of opportunity for myself in the way that people see me."

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
 
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
 
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
 
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
 
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
 
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
 
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
 
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
 
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
 
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”