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Rajon Rondo doesn’t have friends on other teams


via ESPN Boston:


All-star weekend is one of the most entertaining weekends in sports TV. Seeing your favorite pro’s joking around and poking fun at each other. Well Rajon Rondo isn’t that type. Why? Simply because he’s a little more focused than that. Old school mentality??

So will Rondo be hanging out with Wade and Melo that weekend?

“Why would I?” asked Rondo.

Rondo was somewhat uneasy about talking about his potential fourth consecutive All-Star game — and first as a fan-voted starter — preferring to wait until he got the official call. But he dubbed himself an “entertainer” and said his desire to “put on a show” might have helped his cause with the voting public.

Here’s one thing he was definitive on: Rondo won’t be very social if he lands at this year’s mid-February classic.

“No, I don’t do much socializing,” he said. “If I make it, I hope one of my homeboys makes it, [Atlanta's] Josh Smith. If he makes it, KG makes it, we’ll all [hang out].”

Just don’t expect any members of the Knicks or Heat to get an invite. Rondo noted on Thursday, “I don’t try to be friends with anyone outside my team.”

One place you might catch Rondo is at the rookie/sophomore game on All-Star Saturday night. He said if teammate Jared Sullinger is selected to the game — and Rondo believes he should be — Rondo will park himself courtside to lend support, noting how Garnett did the same for him when Rondo played for the sophomores in 2008.

Asked if he wanted Rondo and Garnett showing the 20-year-old Sullinger “the ropes” at All-Star weekend, Rivers humorously responded, “I’m going to say, ‘No.’” Then bashfully asked where All-Star festivities were this season (this after being amazed that balloting had already concluded). Informed that it’s Houston, Rivers relented a bit, “Well, yeah, maybe that would be good that they show him the ropes.”

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