PROVIDENCE – Late last season, after undergoing knee surgery, Rajon Rondo returned to the Celtics’ bench and assumed a pseudo-assistant coaching position.
“He probably coaches as much (as any of the players),” former coach Doc Rivers said then of the Celtics’ All-Star point guard.
“I always tell him that if he wasn’t so crazy he’d be a great coach.”
Rondo is still sidelined as he recovers from that surgery, but he has assumed the same role on the bench during the Celtics’ first two preseason games, including Wednesday in their 103-102 loss to the New York Knicks at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
“He is a guy that wants to know what’s going on, wants to know what the other team is doing,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “He’s really engaged in the game.”
During the Celtics’ first preseason game Monday against Toronto, Stevens said he wasn’t sitting right by Rondo, so he couldn’t hear everything that Rondo said.
“But everything that I heard was very much in a coaching-esque fashion,” Stevens said.
Said forward Jeff Green, “He knows the game, he’s one of the smartest players I’ve been around. He sees things that we don’t.”
Green added, “We look to him for advice and he’s going to give it out. He’s like an extra assistant that we have.”