MEXICO CITY -- Rajon Rondo is in a good place right now with his basketball career.

But Boston – specifically fans of Boston’s pro teams – will always hold a special place in his heart.

“They know the game. That’s what impressed me most about being in Boston,” he told Comcast SportsNet New England. “They know the game. They appreciate it. They’re the best fans.”

It wasn’t unusual to see Rondo back in town prior to start of training camp at Fenway Park checking out a Red Sox game (who knows what all-star forward that Rondo might run into, right?), or taking in a Patriots matchup at Gillette Stadium, or maybe keeping it close to home and watching the Bruins play at the TD Garden.

It was in his own way, Rondo doing what all Bostonians did – show love to all the pro teams.

“Whenever I was out in public, they always showed me great love, great appreciation,” Rondo said. “That’s why I enjoyed going to all the other games, Bruins, Red Sox, the Patriots.”

And they’re not just jumping on the bandwagon of teams that perform well, something Rondo learned during his rookie season.

“The fans always showed loved, even my first year when we lost 18 straight,” he said. “They’ve been the best fans I ever played for.”