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Doc Rivers: ‘I have no idea’ if Rondo went to Mexico

In addition to reminding everyone that Avery Bradley [1]‘s “a ways away” from returning in his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Morning Show [2], Celtics [3] coach Doc Rivers [4] discussed Rajon Rondo [5] at length.

On the Kris Humphries scuffle and ensuing suspension: “Rondo understands that we need him. I called it like I saw it … and Rondo almost said the same thing: He said, ‘€˜Coach, I didn’€™t go in there to have a fight. I went in there to push him off Kevin [Garnett] and the next thing you know he grabs my arm, and then I pushed back and it escalated.’ He said, ‘€˜I never intended to fight, that’€™s not what I did. I was just trying to push him off Kevin.’€™”

On whether Rondo really went to Mexico: ‘€œI have no idea. I really don’€™t. I don’€™t ever check. He’€™s a grown man, and he wasn’€™t in our locker room. I did say, ‘Go where you want, do what you want, just keep working out and watching us play.’ And he did those things.

“It may not have been a bad time, but it was an expensive time.’€

On the point guard’s public vs. private persona: ‘€œRondo with his teammates never shuts up. He’€™s loud, they laugh, they argue all the time — sports arguments are what you’€™d call it, debates where they are laughing — so he has a very good personality, and then he has the personality that you see as well. He has both of those.’€