BOSTON — Rajon Rondo had his best night of the season (22 points, 11 assists) in leading the Celtics to a 115-104 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday night.
Still, as much as the focus should have been on his performance and that of the Celtics (20-34), it was impossible to ignore the fact that this was the first time Rondo was available to address the latest controversial decision to engulf the veteran point guard.
During Boston's recently concluded Western trip, Rondo, as well as coach Brad Stevens, said he was not going to play against the Sacramento Kings because it was the second game of a back-to-back set.
Rondo did not travel with the team to Sacramento, but apparently did not have permission from the team to not travel with them, and instead he reportedly spent that day with family and friends in Los Angeles celebrating his 28th birthday.
The four time All-Star has heard the talk and speculation as to what happened that weekend, but says, "nobody knows the story. You [media] guys keep making up every story you guys possibly can."
When asked what is the story, Rondo added, "It's my business. It's my choice."
Stevens said he and Rondo have discussed the situation.
"All that we're handling internally," Stevens said. "But we've sat down and talked and we did that Monday. In my mind, I'm moving forward and then when Danny [Ainge, the celtics president of basketball operations] gets back in town, they can meet and go from there."
When asked whether he thought Rondo should have stayed with the team, Stevens replied, "I think the biggest thing right now is for me to move forward and for us to move forward with that. I think that obviously it's something that is a great question to ask and something I have certainly spent a lot of time thinking about. But at the end of the day, I've passed that point."