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Rollerball: the Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo has another athletic pursuit: roller-skating: bounce, rock, skate, roll.

Earlier this year the Boston Celtics' starting point guard, Rajon Rondo, helped take his team to victory in the NBA Finals. But while many players live the lavish life throughout the off-season, Rondo skates around at a roller rink. "When I skate I'm in my own world," says the six-foot-one baller. "It's peaceful and relaxing. I don't think about anything when I'm out there. I just skate."

Rondo's hobby began two years ago when he attended a younger cousin's birthday party at a roller rink in his home state of Kentucky. The competitive 22-year-old wasn't great on skates and didn't like being out-done by other partygoers. "Some people were really good [in the rink]," he says. "I went out there and started trying some tricks, and then I started getting good at it."

The day after the party Rondo was on a mission. He bought skates and hit Louisville's Robben's Roost roller-skating rink. Practicing two hours a day with a friend, Rondo mastered flips and sharp turns. But of all the tricks in his bag, he favors skating backward. "It makes it seem like you know how to skate," he says. "I finesse it out there." Spoken like a true player.


bounce, rock, skate, roll

No Fear

Rondo doesn't wear a helmet or knee pads, and he attacks the rink like he does the court. "I don't worry about getting hurt," he says. "If I fall, I'm going to get back up ... hopefully."

Training Days

Does skating help his game? "Not at all," Rondo says. But 16 laps around the rink equals about a mile, so it makes for a good cardio workout.

Track Star

Rondo enjoys taking his laps to the sounds of Lil Wayne, Keyshia Cole, Jay-Z and Kanye West. At home sometimes he'll pop in roller-skating movies such as Bow Wow's Rofl Bounce or T.I.'s ATL.
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Title Annotation:pop: Lifestyle + Trends + Gadgets
Author:Hicks, Erin
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2008
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