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Rondo says he will skip All-Star game if not healthy

Rajon Rondo

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo jokes with photographers while spinning a ball during NBA basketball media day in Waltham, Mass., Tuesday Dec. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Rajon Rondo expects to be back from his wrist injury somewhere around the All-Star break.

Thursday night, the starters for that All-Star Game will be announced and in the East Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade will get that nod (from the fans, you all voted on this). But Rondo is third in the voting and will almost certainly be selected by the coaches to be on the squad.

But he may not play. A. Sherrod Blakely of talked with Rondo about it.

“If they (coaches) select me and I don’t play until Feb. 22 or games before that, there’s no way I’m playing in the All-Star Game,” Rondo told prior to missing his seventh straight game.

There is no date for Rondo’s return, although the early end of the scale seems to be this Friday. More likely it will be a little longer than that as he said he hasn’t even dribbled a ball in weeks, but it could be in time to get a few games in before the All-Star break.