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Rajon Rondo to replace Joe Johnson in All-Star Game

Feb 22, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo AP

UPDATE 7:56 pm: The league finally got around to confirming what everybody already knew…

It’s official, Rajon Rondo is in for the All-Star Game, replacing Joe Johnson who an MRI confirmed is suffering from tendonitis in his left knee. Which requires rest. so he sits.

There are some complaining that Rondo is the guard on a below .500 team who missed a chunk of games due to injury. That’s a reasonable argument if you’re going to replace him with Josh Smith (keeping an Atlanta connection). However, if you want to keep the roster balanced with guards Rondo is the next best one available. So I’m good with this.

1:05 pm: It’s not official from the league yet, but multiple sources out of Boston — including’s A. Sherrod Blakely — are reporting that Atlanta’s Joe Johnson is going to have to pull out of the All-Star Game in Orlando this week (and the Three-Point Contest).

Sean Grande, the play-by-play voice for the Celtics, was the first then Blakely sent out this tweet.

And then there were two … #Celtics all-stars this year. Rajon Rondo will replace #Hawks G/F Joe Johnson.

The “and then there were two” reference is to Paul Pierce already being selected as an All-Star reserve. Johnson is dealing with a sore knee that team doctors have described as tendonitis, which needs rest. So, he’ll stay off the court in Orlando.

Rondo got snubbed the first time around — he missed eight games due to injury and that seemed to cost him with the coaches. But he is having his best season ever, taking on a larger role with the Celtics and giving them 14.8 points and 9.5 assists per game. He defends, he organizes. He’s one of the best point guards in the game.

Safe to say Rondo will not replace Johnson in the Three-Point Contest.

The guy with the legit snub complaint now is Josh Smith, the Hawks forward who is having a monster season. With Johnson out and no Smith, the Hawks have no representative. But brining in Rondo keeps the guard/forward roster balance closer to even.

  1. max20characters - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    If anyone got “Snubbed”, it was Monta Ellis from Golden State. #ComingfromaBullsfan.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Which has got exactly what to do with the Eastern Conference situation? #comingfromanotherbullsfan

      • LilTmac2003 - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:58 PM


        I think Kyle Korver should replace him in the 3-point contest. I don’t know why the NBA doesn’t show him any love, even when he was with Utah.

        It’s a God-given talent, the guy simply has a knack for shooting 3s.

  2. drewzducks - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Beware of flying balls. That means you refs.

  3. bozosforall - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    What a ripoff. They should have given it to Josh Smith instead of that crybaby Rhonda.

  4. unknowneric - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Pictured above: Rajon Rondo reminds you that only YOU can prevent forest fires.

  5. keyshawn22 - Feb 22, 2012 at 6:45 PM


    Joe Johnson was not an all star im sorry. Josh Smith is a better player on his own team.

    • theonlysaneblazerfan - Feb 22, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      Joe Johnson as a perennial allstar has got to be some kind of conspiracy. Just goes to show how few decent 2’s there are around these days.

  6. losangelasbasketball - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Didnt know pgs that cant shoot the jump shot were elegible for the all star game….grats to him and grats to the celtics for helping him get in…

    • andyhr17 - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:31 AM

      Didn’t know that people who don’t know how to use an apostrophe are eligible to post on websites.

      • losangelasbasketball - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM

        Im typing on a deck of cards, This is all ur getting…

      • losangelasbasketball - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM

        Im typing on a deck of cards, This is all ur getting…

  7. cantonbound13 - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    We want Lin!!!!

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