Sit next to Rajon Rondo in the Boston Celtics locker room and receive a complimentary pair of sneakers.
Not a bad deal.
This season Rondo's lockermate Courtney Lee has already been given two pairs of Nikes by the Celtics starting point guard. It is an act of generosity Rondo also imparted on neighbor Keyon Dooling last year.
"When I first got here, I didn't have any shoes because my Nike guy was slipping," Lee explained to CSNNE.com. "So the first couple of days I wore a pair of his and I said, 'These are kind of comfortable.' Then my shoes came in and I was like, 'I'll stick with these for right now.'"
Rondo and Lee were among the players whose neon-toned sneakers stood out on the Barclays Center parquet Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets. The pair wore the Nike Hyperfuse 2012 highs in a green, black and volt colorway combination. Jeff Green wore the same model in green and volt. (ht @KWAPT)
Lee has been on both the giving and receiving end of gifted sneakers during his career. He has his own sneakers now, but has continued to sport Rondo's during preseason play.
"These are the Air CRs," he joked. "The 'Courtney Rondo's.'"
Highlights from the Boston Celtics loss to the Houston Rockets
The bumps and bruises continue to pile up for Isaiah Thomas, adding a new one to the group during Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
The 5-foot-9 guard said he strained his right groin in the second quarter, but added that the injury won’t force him to miss any games.
“I’ll be alright,” Thomas told reporters after the loss. “I’ll get treatment. I’ll be fine for Wednesday (against Orlando).”
The injury appeared to have happened shortly after Houston’s Trevor Ariza hit a 3-pointer that put the Rockets ahead 55-45.
At the time it didn’t seem all that serious as Thomas, who had 20 points on the night, came down and drained a 3-pointer.
But after the game, Thomas acknowledged his groin did bother him during the game in which he played 33-plus minutes.
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” said Thomas, who finished with 20 points. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
Thomas, who played in all 82 regular season games last season in addition to each of Boston’s 21 games this season, has dealt with an assortment of injuries including but not limited to, a swollen middle finger injury on his left (shooting) hand.
Thomas, an All-Star last season for the first time, has played at an elite level that should once again position him to be represent the Eastern Conference.
Following Monday’s game, Thomas is averaging a career-high 26.0 points per game which ranks ninth in the NBA along with 6.1 assists.