Boston Celtics Owner Says Rajon Rondo is Hard to Coach

by September 23, 2014

Wyc Grousbeck, a Boston Celtics CEO, Celtics CEO, governor, and co-owner talked about the challenge of coaching star point guard Rajon Rondo during a televised interview Sunday night.

(You might recall that Rondo and former C’s head coach Doc Rivers reportedly almost came to blows, though their relationship eventually improved.)

Trade winds continue to blow in Beantown – Rondo has one year and $12.9 million remaining on his current deal.

Per the Boston Globe (via WBZ-TV’s “Sports Final Overtime”):

“He’s super stubborn,” revealed Grousbeck, adding Rondo is a good, generous kid who loves being in Boston. “I don’t know how coachable he really is.


“I know if you ask [former, long-time head coach] Doc [Rivers], ‘Was he the most coachable guy, or in the top half, 50 percent,’ he’d say, ‘No, he’s in the bottom 50 percent of being coachable.’ It’s hard with him,” Grousbeck continued.


Grousbeck was asked by anchor Dan Roche about the captain’s future, and the owner said he’d “absolutely” like Rondo to remain for the long-term. […] Pressed as to why, “It’s intangible,” Grousbeck said of the man he called a great Celtic. “You just watch him. He played through sort of a broken elbow, a ripped knee. He’s a gamer, he’s a competitor, and he’s got world-class talent.”