The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls are pitted in a first-round series that has left many baffled. The eighth-seeded Bulls have stormed to a 2-0 lead against the top seed in the East, looking to head home and possibly even sweep the favorites.
But one thing that hasn’t been surprising in the series is Rajon Rondo getting booed by the Celtics faithful. Even the former Boston point guard is not taken aback by how his former fans have treated him at the TD Garden.
“These fans are great,” Rondo said before Tuesday’s shootaround. “I wouldn’t expect anything else. A couple nice words were said when I walked out of the tunnel, but that’s Boston. They’ve been doing that for me for nine years while I was here so I don’t expect it [another way].”
“I’ve been walking the streets the last couple of days,” he said. “It’s a pretty good welcoming back — [people ask] for autographs and pictures, so they have to boo me [later]. Obviously I’ve got on a red jersey, so it’s part of it.”
Rondo’s improved play has been a huge force in the Bulls’ emergence as a threat to the Celtics. In addition to being the enemy right now, Rondo’s tenure in Boston did not exactly end on the best terms, even with his continued love towards the Celtics’ championship team(except for Ray Allen).
But Rondo’s personality is such that he doesn’t seem to mind a little animosity.