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Rajon in Manila: Rondo wants to become greatest Celtic PG ever

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Barely four hours after landing in Manila, NBA all-star guard Rajon Rondo took time to unwind at the Titan 22 barber shop at The Fort.

He then went straight to scheduled business, talking to local media about, among other things, his place in Boston Celtics lore.

“I hope I can end my career as the greatest point guard in the history of the Boston Celtics,” he said.

He doesn’t know where he ranks just yet on the list of top lead guards in the history of the green and white, a lineup that includes all-time greats such as Bob Cousy, Jo Jo White, Nate Archibald, and Dennis Johnson, among others.

Cousy was the first Celtics superstar, and was part of six titles with Boston. He pioneered behind the back dribbling, no-look passing, and other modern affectations during the early years of the game.

White, meanwhile, was the lead guard of memorable Boston championship teams in 1974 and 1976. He scored 33 points and nine assists in the Game Five of the 1976 Finals against the Phoenix Suns, a triple overtime game that is among the greatest in NBA history.

Archibald was at the tailend of his brilliant career when he joined the Celtics, but helped the squad win the NBA title in 1981.

Johnson, meanwhile, was the defensive demon who bolstered Boston’s backcourt in the 1980s. His memorable play perhaps came off a layup after a steal by Larry Bird against the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals in 1987.

Rondo hopes he could leapfrog those men. Already, he is three-time all-star who is coming off his best season, leading the NBA in assists and being named to the All-NBA third team.

A favorite among Celtics fans in the Philippines, Rondo is in Manila to conduct an exclusive skills clinic sponsored by Red Bull for selected NCAA and UAAP players open only to invited media on Tuesday at Ronac Gym. Rondo will also visit the San Juan National High School Gym, which was the beneficiary of the company’s corporate outreach program.

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