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Rondo receives Auerbach Award

Chris Forsberg/ESPN Boston

Rajon Rondo is joined by his teammates after receiving this year's Red Auerbach Award.BOSTON -- Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo received the 2010 Red Auerbach Award before Friday's game against the Washington Wizards.

The award, handed out annually since the 2005-06 season, is given to a Boston player who best exemplifies the spirit of what it means to be a Celtic through performance on the court and off. This award is named in honor of legendary coach, general manager, and president of the Celtics, the late Arnold “Red” Auerbach.

"Rajon Rondo deserves this award because he has proved that not only can you be a great basketball player, but you can be an amazing role model in the Boston community and off the court," said Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck. "I am proud to have someone like Rajon as a Boston Celtic because he exemplifies what it means to be a true Celtic."

Previous winners include Paul Pierce (2006), Al Jefferson (2007), Kevin Garnett (2008), and Ray Allen (2009).

Celtics legend Bob Cousy, whose 50-year-old single-season assist record Rondo surpassed last week, attended Friday's game and -- not surprisingly -- provided a perfect dish to Rondo when presenting the award (see below).