Maybe the most important aspect of [Doc’s] leadership was his use of the philosophy of Ubuntu, a South African term popularized by the iconic Nelson Mandela. Ubuntu doesn’t have one simple meaning, but it’s a word that signifies respect, unselfishness, sharing, and community. The idea is that, “In order for me to be all I can be, I need you to be all you can be – so that we can be all the best we can be.” Doc would say that if you applied Ubuntu in your house, at your job, in your community, in your county, if you apply it everywhere you go, you can impact the whole world and make it a better place.
How important was Ubuntu to the Celtics? Well, when Doc took the team to the 2008 NBA championship, that word was inscribed into their championship rings.
However, for most of the season, we were not allowed to say the word. Why? Because Doc would exclaim loudly, ‘We’re not there yet!’ In other words, we had not achieved that bond as a team. I didn’t get it. I didn’t know why we couldn’t say it when the team had already been known for Ubuntu for the last four years.
It wasn’t until we were getting close to the playoffs that he finally thought we had achieved Ubuntu. I know I had. I gave myself to the team in a way I hadn’t since I played with Miami. I was through worrying about getting my next player contract; I was an older player and I just didn’t care anymore. I just wanted to do for the team. And Doc let me do just that in a way I had never been allowed before.
I want to run a couple businesses when I’m done. I want to employ a lot of people. That’s why I love doing my camps. We might have more [counselors] than we need, but it’s still good. I didn’t have a lot growing up as a kid, so I just try to give back.
They come from all over. Four families recently trekked from Alaska, Bibby said. Two more came from Albuquerque, five from California. They come from Philadelphia, Virginia, and all over New England.
'That’s why I want to be here every day,' Rondo said. 'If you have kids coming from, say, Philadelphia, they didn’t come to see me for one day. I try to come every day and show up and actually go on the court and speak to a lot of people.'
Then Bibby explained a chant that they would all learn, one patterned after Rondo’s close friend Kevin Garnett. Campers were asked to beat their chest twice and then shout as loud as possible, just as the former Celtics icon always did to get hyped up.
'We call it the KG,' Bibby said.
It might seem strange but I did not know our Celtic teams won eight championships in a row until about 20 years ago when I read about it in a game program. Our focus was always on that particular season, always one year at a time. The year we played had nothing to do with the previous year or the next year. That’s just the way it was.
Bill Russell (via wearetheceltics
I don’t want to be synthetic. When you see [that drive] in a player, it’s a look like you’re looking in the mirror. You see it. I see it in Mason. That’s why I’m on his ass because one day I’m not going to be here and he’s going to have to push through. That’s the consistency I gave Big Baby [Glen Davis]. That’s the consistency I gave Kendrick Perkins. Those guys have gone off and been solid people for the organizations that they play. To me, I smile every time. I talk to those guys every 10 to 15 days and I smile to this day. Those are my brothers for life.
I can’t help Mason [Plumlee] if Mason is not receptive to light. Dark is stagnation. Life is movement. And I live by that. If you’re not open to change, if you’re not open to getting better and really being about it whole heartedly, I don’t see anything progressing. If a plant doesn’t take in light, it doesn’t grow. It doesn’t grow at all. And I teach them that.
He was always professional. He was confident in who he was. He was a leader. He didn’t follow. True leaders can look at themselves and say they messed up or they weren’t perfect but they gave everything. They cared. They cared, man. I have a father somewhere. I don’t know anything about him. But when I think about what I want a father to be, when I think about what a grown man should be, those are the things I think about.
on Sam Mitchell
Hopefully at the end of the day, I just want people to respect the fact that I enjoy and I live for my sport. I enjoy soccer. I enjoy watching other sports. But when it comes to basketball, this has always been my longtime girlfriend or wife. This has always been there for me. This is like my spinal cord. And I live for my sport. I support everything about it. I care about the well being of it and its current state and its post-state when I leave it. That [love], I don’t share for any other sport or any hobby.
My kids, my friends, obviously my family. Other than that, this is what I’ve dedicated my life, this is what my soul is made up of. When I sit back and think about what type of player I want to be known for, I want to be known for a player who gave everything. Everybody says that. But sometimes the actions don’t speak for it. You know, when I watch Jeter play I feel like I’m watching greatness. I feel like I’m watching a legacy before my eyes, just like when I watch Paul or when I watch certain guys play.
If anything, I know this is a standard answer, but that’s what I want my legacy to be: ‘You know what, this guy gave everything he had and tried to dominate the game from every part of it, not just one part.’
I feel when a lot of the vets started to leave the game – what I call the core, sound players – I think they took a level of experience and quality out of the league, and I feel like at this point, yeah, I’m trying to be an example to the young guys. But more important, teach them the small things that I think are starting to leave our league: professionalism, the work ethic, the caring, the passion.
I don’t really care what people think. The people in my circle do know the type of person that I am and know the genuine person that I am. If you don’t know me, then you just don’t know me. I don’t go to bed at night thinking about what people say about me. If people think I’m a bad person, so be it. That’s their problem. Millions of people only know me from what they see on TV.
Rajon Rondo on changing people’s perception of him (via wearetheceltics
You don’t do charity work for publicity. Well, I know I don’t. Everybody’s different. I feel like if you do stuff like that for charity, it should be from the heart. You don’t have to get exposure for it. The people that you’re doing it for are very grateful. It’s not to get media attention. It’s not to get the NBA behind me. I do it for myself. I do it for the people that need it and I do it because I want to do it.
Rajon Rondo on doing all kinds of charity work always in private. (via wearetheceltics
He had done all his homework. He was excited about wearing the headset. There’s part of him that’s like a little kid about this — he was genuinely excited.
I thought he was very good. He knows the team. Obviously he knows the game very well. He’s a lot more technical than people would think. He talked about some of the X’s and O’s. He talked about some of the things being captain, some of the other stuff.
For this to be a success tonight, for me, would be if people that are watching us walk away saying, ‘Wow, he’s a better kid than I thought.’
I think Boston has really missed the boat with this kid. I’m a Dorchester guy, I grew up in the city, and I just think the city has missed the boat in the sense that this is a good kid. He does a lot of good charity stuff outside of the Celtics that he’s never talked about. If BirthdayGate is the biggest offense that he has in his professional career, well, I don’t know what to say about that. That was just much ado about nothing.
on Rajon Rondo’s appearance as a guest commentator on CSNNE