Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo says he's fine with the Celtics using the No. 6 pick in last month's NBA Draft to select Marcus Smart, despite the fact that the two players occupy the same position on the court.
The Globe's intrepid Baxter Holmes traveled to Lousiville, Kentucky, site of Rondo's summer basketball camp, to interview the point guard on the Celtics' pick.
“I don’t think nothing of it,” Rondo told the Globe. “I am who I am.”
Rondo said he's never seen Smart play in college, then compared Smart's tenacity to his own. He added that it takes any rookie a long time to make an impact in the league, and that even LeBron James struggled early in his career. Going back to the Celtics situation, Rondo said he's used to it by now.
“I don’t have too many feelings involved in this business. I’ve played my heart out for the game, but business is business. I can be here today, gone tomorrow. You never know. For me to get bent out of shape, or to feel threatened by the Celtics drafting a point guard, it means nothing.”
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has repeatedly said that the pick means nothing to Rondo, and coach Brad Stevens thinks the two can play together. Smart went just 3-of-15 from the field in a loss to the Indiana Pacers in a summer league game Monday.