MANILA, Philippines – Rajon Rondo is already an NBA champion and a three-time All-Star, but the point guard believes it is far too early for him to begin thinking about where he ranks in the history of the Boston Celtics.
“It is kinda too early to place my mark on where I am in Celtic history as a point guard,” Rondo said in an interview with ABS-CBN News. “But hopefully, by the time I finish my career, I’d be the best to ever play for the Celtics.”
Rondo was initially drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 21st pick in 2006 but was traded to the Celtics barely five minutes later.
“It was kind of a great experience because I played in the University of Kentucky (in college), and they have a great history of basketball as well,” Rondo said.
Though Rondo is widely considered as one of the best point guards in the NBA today, he still has a lot of work to do if he wants to be the best player in the Celtics’ history.
The Boston franchise is home to some of the league’s most legendary players, including Larry Bird, Bob Cousy and Bill Russell.
Currently, Rondo holds the Celtics’ franchise record for most assists in a season, with 794 dimes during the 2009-10 campaign. He also holds the franchise record for most steals, with 189 in the same season.
During the 2011 playoffs, Rondo dished out a franchise record 20 assists against the New York Knicks.
Rondo knows that in order to be considered as one of the all-time greatest Celtics, he needs to hang more banners in the Boston Garden.
“In five years, I’ll be 31 (years old). Hopefully, I have at least, and I say at least, two more championships, Maybe one. You never know,” he said. “I expect to win every year I play.”
“We have the talent... The team we have, the talent that surround me, the coaching staff, the organization, we expect to win a championship every year,” Rondo said.