“We believe Rondo has a chance to be a special player,” Ainge said at the time. “We wouldn’t have done the deal if we didn’t think he has the chance to be the quality of a player of an Al Jefferson, a Gerald Green… those kinds of players.” Danny Ainge got the player he wanted. At Rondo’s first season He played well, with 23 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. He then started in 22 of Boston’s final 23 games.
“I didn’t know what to think when he got here,” said Celtics’ Coach Doc Rivers. “But I saw a player with a high IQ who was willing to put in the work.” In his second season, Rondo started in 77 games, including all 26 playoff games. In the Celtics’ final game, Rondo had 21 points with eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals as Boston defeated the Los Angeles Lakers at home for the 2008 NBA Championship – the franchise’s 17th overall.