2012 Boston Newsmakers

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4. Rajon Rondo

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It was a pivotal year for the Celtics point guard. After consistently being mentioned in trade rumors, Rondo tuned out the noise and became the driving force behind the team's deep playoff run. His untamed temper, however, has been a problem, and his suspensions in the playoffs for bumping a ref and then again this season for fighting have clouded his accomplishments. He was anointed the Celtics' unquestioned leader by those who matter -- Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers and his veteran teammates -- and is trying to embrace the new role. It's a work in progress.

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