Chapter 6: Rookie's rude awakening

Rondo's rough beginning in Boston included Doc prescribing dose of reality

Originally Published: June 8, 2010
By Peter May | Special to ESPN.com

It didn't take very long for the Celtics to understand why there had been a number of red flags surrounding Rajon Rondo. He wasn't uncoachable. But he wasn't exactly a sponge either. He was joining a bad team and, in his mind, he was the one to lead it out of the wilderness.

But the Celtics had traded away the seventh pick in the 2006 draft for Sebastian Telfair and Rondo was only a rookie. There also was Delonte West, who already had two years under his belt as a Celtic and had established ...

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