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Rondo misses Team USA practice

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  August 11, 2010 04:46 PM

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Rajon Rondo left Team USA's training session in New York to tend to a death in the family. His uncle passed away and the Celtics guard went home to Kentucky. USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo said Rondo will be back tonight.

A. Sherrod Blakely over at CSNNE is already down in New York:

A death in the family kept Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo from practicing with Team USA on Wednesday. While this is a time of mourning for the 6-foot-1 guard, it's clear that he's eager to return back to the court.

"Rondo had to leave because his uncle passed in Kentucky," said Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team. "He'll be back tonight."

While the competition is tight, Colangelo said Rondo's absence won't have any bearing on his status with the team.

"We have to be flexible, and things happen," Colangelo said. "You kind of roll with things like that. He should have been where he is, when something like that (a death in the family) happens."

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