Rondo: You have to be a leader 'every day'

Rondo: You have to be a leader 'every day'
March 31, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Rajon Rondo is now the longest-tenured Celtics player, and that comes with some responsibilities.

Being named Captain earlier in this season, Rondo took on those added responsibilities - the ones that former leaders Paul Pierce and Kevin had.

You couldn't go too long without hearing Garnett's voice on or off the court, and now Rondo must take on that role.

"Well being the older guy on the team or one of the oldest guys on the team, I have to be more vocal," Rondo told Mike Gorman on CSNNE's broadcast of Celtics-Bulls. "The last couple years I've been able to stay behind KG or Paul and listen to those guys talk, but now this year my role has gotten bigger like it has each year as I've been in the league eight years.

"So just continue to talk and also try to lead by example. Try to get out there and be the first one on the floor, stay in the weight room, continue to get better and encourage my teammates to do the same."

And Celtics fans can feel good about the fact that Rondo learned plenty in Pierce and KG's footsteps.

Mike Gorman asked him what the biggest thing he learned from them was.

"Every night. You can't pick and choose when you want to be a captain or a leader," Rondo said. If you want to be it, you got to do "it every day."