Rajon Rondo has an extremely peculiar pre-game ritual
Yahoo's Ball Don't Lie blog posted an interview with Jason Terry today in which he details a very intricate pre-game ritual that Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo performs at every game, home or away.
The interview, conducted by ESPN, included this description from JET on Rondo:
"(Rajon Rondo's) routine is long-winded and it lasts all the way through tip-off. It starts in the back hallway. He runs down a corridor and he throws the ball to our team chaplain, who throws it back. Then [Rondo] runs out into a circle, high-fives the whole team and then he does the layup lines for five minutes.
"Then he will stand under the goal and Paul Pierce will shoot every ball on the rack from half court. Rondo will catch four balls at one time and then after that, it's just amazing -- one pass off the backboard to KG, one bounce pass to Paul Pierce and then he throws it all the way up to the scoreboard and Jeff Green finishes with an alley-oop.
"It's every game, even road games. I have no idea how he started it; I'm new to the team. I was still going through layup lines and I almost got hit with one of those balls in the head. I wasn't aware that's what they were doing. It threw me off."
Whoa... I am trying to picture this all in my mind. Pierce shooting from half court, Rondo catching 4 balls at once, and even Jeff Green is involved (which seems to indicate that this routine is new for this season since Jeff was barely with us last year).
Has anyone actually seen this? Is anyone going to the Hornets-Celtics game that might be able to video this pre-game routine? What is your take on this crazy ritual? Post your thoughts in the comments below.