After Rajon Rondo  proclaimed himself the NBA’s best point guard over the summer, the Celtics  All-Star has been asked to clarify at some point during almost every interview he’s conducted since, except there’s no clarification.
He believes it, and he hasn’t backed down from it, as evidenced once again in Steve DeOssie‘s cover story for Boston Common magazine . While most people not named Rondo readily admitted they’d take Chris Paul  over him a year ago — and maybe even Derrick Rose , Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook , too — the C’s floor general certainly closed the gap during the playoffs. In fact, he might have eliminated the gap completely.
After all, Rondo led the league in assists by a full dime over Steve Nash  last season and averaged almost three more assists than any other point guard in the postseason. Few outside of Magic Johnson  could replicate Rondo’s 44 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat. There’s more to Rondo than meets the eye, and that’s what he believes separates him from the pack.
In DeOssie’s piece, Rondo not only reiterates his claim to the throne, but he clarifies exactly why he thinks so:
- ‘In some areas some guys might be better than me, but overall, if you lay it all out, I think I am the best.’
- ‘It’s always the whole package. Some fans look at a point guard and say he had 26 points, seven assists, and eight rebounds, and they’ll say he had a great game. But there is a lot of talent in the NBA, and eventually that talent catches up with you. The mental game is where it’s at. I would say the game is 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical, for me at least. What separates great players from good ones is performing consistently. I can dominate the game in any number of ways, not just with the numbers.’
- ‘My definition of what a good point guard is might be different from what some others might think. I’ll give you an example: If Doc Rivers  gets thrown out, I can run the team for the rest of the game. I know what plays to call, what sets to call, or when to call timeouts. It’s more than keeping track of the score. There is so much more going on that you take for granted on any given night, and there are only so many guys who can run a team when you don’t have a coach. In that category I think I am the best at what I do.’
- ‘The Celtics and their fans don’t just want X number of wins and playoffs. We all want championships … and the banners prove that. For me it’s a good thing. There is a lot more pressure in Boston to win than there is almost anywhere else. I love it. I feed off of it.’
The article also offers insight into Rondo’s fashion sense and under-the-radar charitable efforts. In unrelated Celtics news, The Onion poked fun  at the Kevin Garnett  and Ray Allen  feud; Paul Pierce  wants to dominate  actor Ed Norton in Words With Friends; and Rivers tells the Herald ‘s Mark Murphy  why preseason minutes for Dionte Christmas, Jamar Smith and Kris Joseph don’t mean much in their competition for roster spots.