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Rajon Rondo Does Weird Things After Tipoff, Stays Awesome

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11:  Rajon Rondo #5 of the Boston Celtics wears a pair of dark glasses as he warms up for the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 97-94.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Holly MacKenzieNBA Lead BloggerApril 27, 2012

Rajon Rondo is different.

He's a phenomenal point guard who doesn't really love talking with media and sort of bounces the ball to his own beat. 

Looking at this video created by Celtics fan @MrTrpleDouble10, you can see many variations of that own beat Rondo is playing to. 

We've seen a few of these before, most notably the football play involving his teammates after winning the tip in a game against the Lakers, but this takes it to a whole different level. I've noticed a few of these, but I didn't realize it was something he did every game. So awesome. 

I only hope that Rondo doesn't stop doing this now that we are all onto his trickery. A superstitious player—he applies hand sanitizer at very specific points in the game and has a pregame routine he will not deviate from—who often appears to be in his own world when not delivering the perfect pass, these are the quirks that make Rondo who he is.

Having a little fun before the first possession of the game, getting carried off of the court by his teammates after a playoff victory in 2009 because "the bottom of my feet were sore, that's all," leading a team while being anything but expressive, Rondo's a different sort of guy.

Deadspin described him perfectly when they posted this video, entitled "Rajon Rondo, magnificent weirdo." These words are said with respect. Different is great. Especially when people expect to be able to easily place you inside of a box because of your profession. Rondo reminds us that we can't do that. This is a good thing.

In addition to being one of the league's best point guards, he's also one of the most interesting because there's so much we don't know. Because Rondo values his privacy, we probably won't ever get to know answers to most of our questions.

We don't need them, though. For now, we just need to enjoy his eccentricities and insane stat lines.

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