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Rondo on Rivers: 'I wouldn't rather play for any other coach'

Posted by David D'Onofrio  June 10, 2013 04:00 PM

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As Doc Rivers continues to be publicly noncommittal about his future with the Celtics, his point guard filmed a multi-part interview released by Red Bull on Monday -- wherein Rajon Rondo his relationship with his coach as strong, and said he'd rather not play for somebody else when he returns to the court after tearing his ACL in January.

Rondo, who's a pitch man for the energy drink, sat down with Sal Masekala and Brian Kamenetzky and admitted that things were rough for him as a rookie, though "each year we're growing, we're communicating better, learning each other more and more each year."

Kamenetzky then asked the all-star if he thought he was difficult to coach early in his career, to which Rondo quickly replied, "I still am." Then he clarified.

"It's not that I'm hard to coach, it's just that, you know, I may challenge what you say," Rondo said. "I know the game myself, I'm out there playing the game, so I may have saw something different from what you saw on the sideline. So I'm going to be respectful. I'm going to let the coach talk. Like I said, me and Doc talk all the time, it's just a different dialogue -- but we've built to that relationship.

"I've been fortunate playing for Doc for seven years; if I have any questions, he pretty much got all the answers. If he doesn't, he's always honest with me. I wouldn't rather play for any other coach."

In the same video, Rondo revealed that Courtney Lee is the current Celtic who does the best impersonation of Rivers -- Lee's got it right down to the walk, apparently -- and in a couple of other clips posted to, he gives a glimpse into a couple of his own off-court interests.

In the first clip below, he gives visual evidence of his prowess as a Connect Four player, ruthlessly dominating his two hosts by thinking "two steps ahead." Then in the second he talks about the impromptu visit he made to Dorchester's Jeremiah E. Burke High School, when he wound up doing some teaching and warming the hearts of mathletes everywhere.

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