Insider Intel: Rondo's rise

Even as Rajon Rondo was winning a championship as the Boston Celtics' starting point guard last season, critics contended that his effectiveness was purely a byproduct of the team's All-Star trio of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Witness the scathing analysis of former All-Star point guard Gary Payton, who told an NBA TV audience last November that Rondo did not deserve a championship ring because he was merely along for the ride with the Big Three.