Rondo selected as All-Star Game replacement

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Rondo selected as All-Star Game replacement

OKLAHOMA CIY I guess it is a happy birthday after all for Rajon Rondo.

Rondo, who turns 26 years old today, will play in the 61st annual all-star game this weekend.

A league source confirmed toCSNNE.comthat Rondo will be named as an all-star replacement for Atlanta Hawks guardforward Joe Johnson.

This will be Rondo's third straight all-star appearance. He joins Paul Pierce, who will be making his 10th all-star appearance for the C's.

The omission of Rondo from the Eastern Conference reserves announced on Feb. 9 caught some - including Rondo - off guard.

"It is what it is," Rondo said.

The Celtics and their 14-10 record at the time of the announcement certainly was a factor in the selection process by the coaches.

However, multiple league sources confirmed his omission had more to do with him missing eight games with a sore right wrist injury. Coaches had to submit their all-star reserves by Feb. 7 which meant the last impression many of them had of Rondo, was the first couple of games he played upon returning from the injury.

In his first game back, a 91-89 win over New York on Feb. 3, he had seven points and seven assists but turned the ball over five times. He followed that up with a five-point, 14-assist game in a win over Memphis, but he struggled shooting the ball (he was 2-for-6) and once again, he had five turnovers.

As he got healthier, his play began to pick up.

But by the time he dropped 32 points and 15 assists in a win over Chicago, or 35 points and six assists against Detroit, the all-star team had been set - and it didn't include him.

"Whether he plays in it or not, Rajon Rondo is an all-star," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau toldCSNNE.comprior to Rondo being chosen as an all-star replacement. "He's one of the best in the game. That's why in Boston, they're a Big Four now, not a Big Three."

Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

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Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player. 

Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14. 

Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good.