In the midst of serving his two-game suspension, Rajon Rondo was named to the NBA All-Star game. Rondo will replace former Celtic Joe Johnson. Johnson has been ruled out of the game due to knee tendinitis.
This will be Rondo’s third consecutive trip to the annual event. The news also happened to come on Rondo’s 26th birthday.
“That’s great,’’ said Rivers. “He deserves it. He’s having a hell of a birthday.’’
Rondo will join teammate Paul Pierce as the two Celtics picked to represent the Eastern Conference, in Orlando, this weekend for the festivities.
Prior to the two-game suspension, Rondo missed eight games due to injury, but has been averaging a career-best 14.8 points per game along with 9.5 assists.
This has been an up and down season for both Rondo and the Boston Celtics. The All-Star selection is at least a ray of sunshine in what is forecast to be a rather dark and gloomy second half of the season.