This is the biggest opportunity of your entire career. You've been the fifth guy behind a big four of Doc, Ray, Kevin and Paul. You've shown growth, bettered your game, and flirted with stardom. However, lets be realistic, you were playing with three future HOF players and a future HOF coach. They were your training wheels. You've never had to lead, never had to be THE MAN, and now this is your challenge.
Danny and the organization has shown incredible loyalty to you and now you are in a position to be the face of a franchise and the leader of a new Big 3. Danny has positioned us well with 9 first round picks over the next five years. After this upcomming year, we will have cap space to sign an impact free agent.
But we are asking you to be patient. You were extremely fortunate to win a championship during your second NBA season and been featured on a contending team for every year since. This upcomming year will test you more than anything you've ever done.
You can chose to rush back from injury, push this team to conform to your style, and push management to build an instant contender by signing your BFF Josh Smith.
You can be patient. Opt to stay out for the first half of the year to better yourself, heal your knee and improve your game. You have the perfect opportunity to improve the one part of your game where you are limited, your shooting. And by staying out, you are helping the Celtic's chances of reaching the lottery. On the sideline, you can distance yourself from a losing team, or you can be a mentor to the young guys. Lead with your attitude and teach them about how you see and process the game.
Rondo this is a big year for you, and your destiny is in your hands. You have the chance to be the face of the most storied and winning franchise that is positioned for many more years of success.