Coaching can wait: Rondo plots future, but stays in present

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots between Denver Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr., left, and Nikola Jokic, right, during the second half an NBA basketball game in the conference finals in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. After capturing his second NBA championship ring with the Lakers, the 34-year-old Rondo has moved on to the youthful Atlanta Hawks, where he will serve as a mentor to budding superstar Trae Young while providing valuable minutes off the bench for one of the league's more intriguing teams. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots between Denver Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr., left, and Nikola Jokic, right, during the second half an NBA basketball game in the conference finals in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. After capturing his second NBA championship ring with the Lakers, the 34-year-old Rondo has moved on to the youthful Atlanta Hawks, where he will serve as a mentor to budding superstar Trae Young while providing valuable minutes off the bench for one of the league's more intriguing teams. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ATLANTA – Rajon Rondo is planning for a future in coaching.

Maybe he'll get a shot as as a general manager.

Not that he's ready to get started on those career goals just yet.

After capturing his second NBA championship ring with the Lakers, the 34-year-old Rondo has moved on to the youthful Atlanta Hawks, where he will serve as a mentor to budding superstar Trae Young while providing valuable minutes off the bench for one of the league's more intriguing teams.

For the first time in his long career, Rondo is the oldest guy on the team.

“It's kind of weird to look at the roster and I'm the oldest date on the sheet," he said with a smile. “But it's a natural fit as far as mentoring these young guys. So many great veterans helped me become the player I am today. It's only right to give it back full circle.”

Rondo has also been taking steps to get prepared for his post-playing life. He's constantly mentioned as a coach in the making. He also has his sights on running a team of his own as a GM.

“To be honest, I’ve been doing that for the last five or six years of my career,” Rondo said. “I take a lot of pride in learning from as many great minds as possible.”