Rajon Rondo addressed his missing the Celtics’ trip to Sacramento, instead choosing to stay in Los Angeles and celebrate his 28th birthday while the Celtics were losing to the Kings 105-98. Rondo was not scheduled to play in that game to rest his surgically repaired right knee.
When asked about the commotion caused by his skipping the trip, he said: “I haven’t really read much about it. Heard a lot of comments. Nobody knows the story,” he said. “You guys keep making up every story you guys possibly can. It’s my business. Not yours.”
Rondo said he is accustomed to the trade rumors, and perhaps Saturday’s celebration was as much about remaining a Celtic as it was for his birthday.
“It’s pretty much the same. I think this trade deadline was the most I’ve been in trade talk, pretty much up to the deadline but it’s not always a bad thing,” he said. “Somebody wants you. You can look at it two ways. I don’t really choose to let it bother me. I try to continue to go out there and play as well as possible while I’m a Celtic.”
Rondo said he enjoys being the team leader.
“I think this year is bigger than most but the past three or four years, me being the point guard on the floor, the extension of the coach, I’ve been the leader since I’ve been here,” he said. “Everyone has their own opinion. I’m going to go out every night and play as hard as I can. That’s all I can do. That’s the only thing I can control is how hard I play for my team and for myself.”