The 2007-08 deteriorate noted a lot of firsts for Rondo. It was his initial time in a playoffs after a severe rookie season, his initial time personification alongside stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen—imported in group boss Danny Ainge’s bid to revive his authorization to respectability.
In turn, it was also Rondo’s first—and so far only—title.
Though he wasn’t a centerpiece of a star-laden effort, he positively did his partial in a arise of a clever regular-season sophomore campaign, a initial in that Rondo was a full-time starter. The up-and-coming fourth circle helped Boston to a six-game feat opposite a Los Angeles Lakers in a Finals, recording a afterwards career-high 16 assists in Game 2 and tallying 21 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 6 steals in a wilful Game 6 blowout.
It was a commencement (and high point) of Rondo’s successful run with a contingent of some-more determined veterans.
“This is a reason we came here,” Garnett told reporters after a game. “This is a reason we got together, and Danny done it go down. This is it right now.”
And while a Celtics would strech a Finals again in 2010 (this time losing to L.A.), it shortly became transparent this sold luminary examination wouldn’t final forever.
Which brings us behind to a Mavericks trade.
With Pierce, Garnett and Allen all carrying eventually left their apart ways, Rondo remained with an classification that hadn’t utterly internalized only how expanded a rebuilding routine would be. Set to spin 29 in February, Rondo is distant improved matched to a authorization in win-now mode.
Now that he appears to have found one, 2008 might not be a final time Rondo gets his hands on that Larry O’Brien Trophy.