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Rondo’s All-Star game plan

02.12.10 at 7:02 am ET
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This weekend, Rajon Rondo will be making his NBA All-Star team debut representing the East. He learned a lot from his trip to the 2008 All-Star Weekend as a member of the Rookie-Sophomore game ‘€” ‘€œIt’€™s a lot of work, really,’€ he said. ‘€œThere’€™s not as much free time as you think’€ ‘€” and is ready for Dallas.

Dressed to Impress: In addition to the game, All-Star Weekend is filled with events that draw the “who’€™s who” of the NBA.

‘€œI’€™m sure everybody’€™s going to be in their best, probably. I try to dress my best all the time, but I’€™ll just have fun with it, I guess. I’€™m definitely big on my appearance but I look forward to just packing and probably taking a long time to pack. I’€™ll pick out what I want and I’€™ll probably overpack. I usually do that on the road trips so, so I’€™m sure with All-Star Weekend I’€™ll probably overpack.’€

Red Carpet Must-Have: Flashy suits aren’€™t Rondo’€™s thing. It’€™s all about what’€™s on his wrist.

‘€œProbably a nice watch, really. Clothing, I mean that’€™s just pretty much is what it is, but a nice watch probably sets the outfit off right. A nice ‘€” I wouldn’€™t say expensive ‘€” but a nice, casual timepiece. [My dream watch is] a Patek Philippe. I have a couple of IWCs, a couple of Bell & Rosses, I have a Breitling. Probably a Patek Philippe.’€

Undercover Kicks: Rondo won’€™t reveal just yet which sneakers he’€™ll be sporting for the All-Star Game.

‘€œNike will provide me with them. I think I’€™m going to have two, but I think I pretty much know which ones I’€™m going to be wearing. They’€™re low-cuts, that’€™s about all I can really say. I can’€™t really describe them. I’€™ve played in them already, but they’€™re not All-Star colors.’€

Cheering Section: Friends and family of No. 9 will be making a trip to Dallas.

‘€œEverybody ‘€” brother, sister, high school coach, cousins, friends I haven’€™t seen in 17 years ‘€¦ I actually only reserved like eight [tickets], but I don’€™t know if I’€™m going to get all eight.’€

Hitting the Gift Shop: There’€™s just one souvenir Rondo wants for himself from All-Star Weekend.

‘€œI’€™m sure they’€™ll have all the souvenirs, I probably won’€™t get much. As long as I get my jersey, that’€™s all I pretty much need. Put the jersey in the house and put it in frame, but other than that, I’€™ll bring other people other stuff. Maybe hats, T-shirts, socks, practice gear.’€

Dunking Predictions: This year a rookie has caught Rondo’€™s eye to take the Slam Dunk trophy.

‘€œI’€™ve got to go with [DeMar] DeRozan, if he gets in. He’€™s pretty athletic, he’€™s a rookie, something new, nobody’€™s ever seen him dunk before. Maybe he’€™s got something crazy.’€

Showing His Support: Rondo plans to be front and center when Paul Pierce competes in the Three-Point Shootout.

‘€œI’€™ll probably be baseline with a 34 jersey on. ‘€œ

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