The internet has been ablaze today with excitement over Rajon Rondo's pregame routine, as revealed by Jason Terry. After seeing it mentioned half a dozen times, I had to take a look. Here's what Terry told us, via ESPN Boston:
"His routine is long-winded and it lasts all the way through tip-off. It starts in the back hallway. He runs down a corridor and he throws the ball to our team chaplain, who throws it back. Then [Rondo] runs out into a circle, high-fives the whole team and then he does the layup lines for five minutes."
"Then he will stand under the goal and Paul Pierce will shoot every ball on the rack from half court. Rondo will catch four balls at one time and then after that, it's just amazing -- one pass off the backboard to KG, one bounce pass to Paul Pierce and then he throws it all the way up to the scoreboard and Jeff Green finishes with an alley-oop."
That's...that's it? He just throws the same passes around every night? Rajon Rondo is a preternatural space creature and, in my imagination, does much stranger stuff to prepare for games. This is more what I expected, Mad-Lib style:
"His routine is long-winded and it lasts all the way through tip-off. It starts in the sewer. He runs down a storm drain and he throws the ham to our team soothsayer, who swallows it. Then [Rondo] runs out into a square, noogies the whole team and then he does the Cha-Cha Slide for five hundred minutes."
"Then he will stand under the cold light of the moon and Robert Duvall will punt every goose on the lawn from inside a teepee. Rondo will catch ninety geese at one time and then after that, it's just amazing -- one goose off the barn to Antonin Scalia, one dart to Magilla Gorilla and then he throws it all the way up to the scoreboard and Harriet Tubman's niece, Marriet Tubman finishes with an alley-oop."
That sounds like Rajon Rondo.