BOSTON TD GARDEN, EAST OF EDEN- Boston Celtics media day is always an event filled with superfluous details, except to the trained alchemist eye that knows how to turn dross into gold.
Rajon Rondo is back in rare form.
He knocked the cockeyed pundits off their pedestals by admitting he may not play until the frost on the pumpkin is under a foot of snow.
Yes, Rondo may be the gift that does not keep on giving. Do not open till Xmas, Celtics fans.
But Rondo will be a presence on the Garden party circuit. He has become smitten with new Celtics coach Brad Stevens, a young and dashing piece of malleable clay.
They go out to dinner, laugh, and joke, according to the only remaining superstar on the championship Celtics of yore.
We presume he will be on the bench every night in street clothes whispering strategies and sweet nothings into the ear of his new coach-bud.
Rondo also dismissed the loss of his former teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. He noted to the assembled press that other players he was close to have been traded too. We had to stop for a millisecond to think about the large centerpiece he was referring to.
Rondo also became wistful, noting that Trader Danny may be trading the point guard as part of the rebuilding process. Rondo almost seems resigned to the notion that he will be trade bait for the next six months.
In the meantime he will have a chance to bond with Kris Humphries before they are packaged off to some NBA team west of the Pecos.