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The ongoing saga that is the enigma of Rajon Rondo continues.
In his first session with the media since the NBA handed down his two-game suspension for fighting Kris Humphries of the Brooklyn Nets, Rondo told reporters on Tuesday he got his passport stamped at the Mexican border during his mandatory time off.
“I went to Mexico for a couple of days and watched the games,” said Rondo, who was immediately asked if he was being serious. “It was cool.”
Of course, in all likelihood Rondo simply decided to mess with reporters, bored after so much time away from his team and the media. As the WEEI article notes, the team had no knowledge of Rondo traveling.
Yet as Celtics fans have come to find out, that didn’t deter Rondo from insisting he took to south of the border.
“Why not? Had days off, allow my body to get a chance to rest. I wanted to be out there with my teammates but obviously a two-game suspension, and I was glued in front of the TV.”
Come to think of it, Rondo’s road trip to Mexico isn’t that far outside the realm of possibility. He’d be a pretty good companion for Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty in On the Road, don’t you think?
Back in the U.S. and set to join Boston’s starting lineup following his suspension, Rondo hopes to rewrite the narrative on the Celtics season after a rough 9-8 record in November. He will return tonight for a home game against Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tipoff is at 7:30 pm EST at the TD Garden.