According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Rondo said he has been playing pickup basketball at Irving Middle School in Maywood to stay in shape.
He also said his torn ACL in 2012 has helped him keep some perspective, despite still being bemused by his benching.
“When I signed here, why I wanted to come here, it’s a lot different than what I anticipated,” Rondo said.
A Bulls media relations staffer tried to cut short the interview before Rondo quickly interjected.
“They can drill me for the next four or five minutes,” Rondo said, smiling. “I haven’t had this much attention in awhile. I appreciate this.”
The Kentucky product said he’s had no further contact with team management since his Dec. 31 meeting after his first full game on the bench. At the time, Rondo made it clear that he would prefer to be traded rather than remain on the bench.
“I know a little bit of what’s going on, but it’s out of my control really, as far as what they have going on,” Rondo said. “So I’m going to have to play better.”
Despite the mysterious lack of back-and-forth between the Bulls’ brass and Rondo, he was miraculously back in the hardwood on Tuesday against the Washington Wizards, picking up 28 minutes of playing time despite coming off the bench.
The most encouraging fact was him getting off the bench to close out the last 5:44 of the game. Rondo finished with 12 points, six assists, four rebounds, and three steals through his 27 minutes on the floor.