What Rajon Rondo learned about leadership from Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, when they were boys.
Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, when they were boys. –The Boston Globe

Rajon Rondo’s time in Boston wasn’t always synonomous with leadership, but the former Celtics guard is taking on a mentorship role on his new team in Sacramento.

And who did Rondo learn to be a leader from? Kevin Garnett, of course.

Earlier this week, Rondo and teammate DeMarcus Cousins met with Kings coach George Karl for nearly two hours, according to a Yahoo! Sports report, hashing out a plan to move the Kings forward.

“It was a powerful meeting for all three of us,’’ Rondo told Yahoo!

There was concern before the season that Rondo and the combustible Cousins might not get along, but veteran point guard has taken Cousins under his wing. And he’s done it with some advice from KG.


“Cousins has never played with a vet that he respected,’’ Rondo said. “I think I’ve got his attention a little bit. I think he respects what I say. He will do his own thing. I’m not trying to be his daddy. But I want to be his big brother like K.G. was to me, showing me the ropes and helping me along the way. Everything that I’m telling him, K.G. told me. Experience is everything. If someone has it and is willing to share it, I was always trying to soak in as much knowledge as possible.

“You can’t pick and choose when you want to lead.’’

Rondo’s Kings face Rondo’s former team, the Celtics, Thursday night.

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