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HOUSTON – The Boston Celtics sat together on a plane for nearly four hours Friday afternoon. Apparently that wasn’t enough.
Rajon Rondo revealed Saturday morning that he and his teammates gathered together for an important – and lengthy – meal following their long flight to Houston, all with the goal of developing team chemistry.
“I think this is where the camaraderie comes together and you become a close team,” Rondo said of road trips. “It wasn’t an official team dinner [Friday], but we went to eat and we had a good team-bonding dinner. It took about three hours. It was a great dinner.”
It makes sense that the team chose Friday as the day for a large-scale team dinner. After all, this is the first time the group has been more than a 90-minute flight away from Boston.
The C’s are finally isolated on this five-day, two-game road trip. They want to take advantage of that fact by getting to know each other on an even deeper level.
Rondo, who said that every team’s personality is different, is starting to get a grasp on this group of Celtics. He’s learning that this team loves to have a good time, and he claims that’s a good thing.
“We have a lot of young guys, a lot of playful guys with good personalities,” Rondo said. “So it kind of helps ease everything.”
Rondo himself showed off his playful personality by poking fun at one of his teammates, 14-year veteran Gerald Wallace, as he discussed the team dinner.
“We don’t have too many stiff guys like Gerald, older guys that are set in their ways,” he joked. “Everybody’s young and can be molded, and what better way than to have dinner with food?”
No one on this team seems to be very stiff at this point, including Wallace. The Celtics are playing well on the court, and they’re getting along even better off the court. That’s a great combination to have as they prepares to tip off their first road game of the season.