Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo wasn’t scheduled to play against the Sacramento Kings Saturday night, but his decision to skip the game to spend his birthday with family in Los Angeles has irked at least some in the Celtics organization, the Boston Herald reports.
Rondo did not receive official permission for the move, according to the Herald, though the team is also not treating the absence as a big deal.
“I plan on talking to Rondo when he gets back into town,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Herald. “I’ll find out more about what went into it, and then we’ll handle it internally. We handle all of those kind of issues internally.”
Rondo didn’t want to talk about the incident before Monday night’s loss to the Jazz.
“We already talked about it,” Rondo told the Herald. “There’s nothing to talk about.”
Rondo’s wife and children were with him in Los Angeles, and Rondo stayed back to spend time with them, the report says.