BOSTON -- Rajon Rondo has considered himself one of the league's best point guards for years. This season, fans affirmed that feeling and voted him a starter on the 2013 Eastern Conference All-Star Team.
"It's a great feeling, especially being named this way amongst your fans, so many votes," Rondo said. "It's humbling and it's a grateful experience for me."
Rondo received 924,180 votes, second among Eastern Conference backcourt players to Dwyane Wade over 450,000 more than third place Deron Williams. He will join Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Garnett in the starting five.
This is Rondo's fourth All-Star selection, being named each year since 2010. If he could select one All-Star from another team himself, he would give the nod to one of his best friends, Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith.
Given the opportunity to play with stars from around the league, he is still most excited to be on the court with Celtics teammate Garnett and plans to target him for the most lobs. He would also like to see Paul Pierce on the squad.
"I'm a little bit biased but without Paul, we wouldn't be where we are right now," he said. "He's been Mr. Consistent and he's brought it every night for us. He's always carried the load or scoring, which we need at times, so I'd definitely consider Paul as well."
Rondo isn't taking this game lightly, either. He isn't looking to use the game as a stage to show off -- "I've got a pretty good free will to do whatever I want here as a Celtic," he said. The weekend has a lighthearted vibe to it, but he is ready to compete.
"I'll still try to run the show," he said. "I want to win this year. We haven't won in a while but we definitely want to win this year."
Isn't that what the fans who voted for him would want?
"To be loved by so many people rooting for me and wanting me to be a starter in the East, it's a great feeling," he said.