Celtics  guard Leandro Barbosa  chatted with Mut & Merloni on Thursday to discuss the team’s reaction to hearing the Rajon Rondo  news, the rumors that he wanted to be traded and more Celtics topics.
Barbosa scored seven points in the Celtics’ 99-81 victory over the Kings on Wednesday night, the team’s second victory in a row since losing Rondo for the season.
It was announced on Sunday, during the nationally televised game vs. the Heat, that Rondo would be out for the rest of the season. The players did not find out the news until after the win, though.
“It was pretty sad, very sad and shock,” Barbosa said. “We saw him in the shootaround before the game, a couple of minutes before the game. He was walking and just talking about some weird pain that he had in his leg. We knew that he probably would be out that game, but not for the whole year. … We’re hoping he’s feeling OK and he gets back as soon as possible to the court.”
On Jan. 17, a report from his home country of Brazil indicated that Barbosa had asked to be traded numerous times from the Celtics, but the nine-year veteran denied it.
“It was definitely a miscommunication,” Barbosa said. “I never said that. I never said that I wanted to get traded, and if I wanted to get traded I wouldn’t be talking to the media first. I would have talked to Danny Ainge, and then after, my teammates, and then the media.
“I knew my role was going to be like that and that’s why I came to the Celtics. It was a dream come true for me and I’m happy to be here.”
With the injury to Rondo, players like Barbosa figure to receive more playing time, but he said he is simply happy to be a part of such a historic team.
“Like I said, [it’s a] dream come true,” Barbosa said. “It was a team that I was always watching when I was a little kid and there was a lot of good players that [have] been around this team and I just thought that it could be a good experience for me, even though I didn’t have many minutes or opportunity to play. But it was a great situation for me to learn from the older guys and the experienced guys. So, it was great.”