Shaughnessy: Rondo is a big part of why Doc wanted out

Shaughnessy: Rondo is a big part of why Doc wanted out
June 24, 2013, 12:00 am
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"I'm a Celtic," Doc Rivers said from the press conference podium after the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs in 2012.

Uh, about that, Doc.

Rivers is, pending likely league approval, a Clipper, now that the long-talked-about-deal with the Celtics has gone through.

Boston Globe columnists Dan Shaughnessy and Bob Ryan joined "Sports Sunday" to share their thoughts on the Rivers deal.

Shaughnessy's take: "I thought [Rajon] Rondo was a big part of it [Rivers' departure]," he said.

Chris Sheridan, formerly of ESPN who now has his own hoops website, reported earlier that there was a near-physical confrontation between the Celtics' mercurial point guard and Rivers earlier this season.

Ryan wasn't surprised.

"The idea of Rondo being the leader of a post-Kevin Garnett, post-Paul Pierce era is ludicrous," Ryan said.

Check out the attached video for the complete discussion.