Rajon Rondo isn't salty that Celtics fans booed him hard during Game 1 of the Bulls' playoff series in Boston.
In fact, he embraces the hostility and said that's exactly what he anticipated from the Boston faithful.
"These fans are great," Rondo said Tuesday, via ESPN.com. "I wouldn't expect anything else. A couple nice words were said when I walked out of the tunnel, but that's Boston. They've been doing that for me for nine years while I was here, so I don't expect it [another way]."
From 2006-15, Rondo played with the Celtics and was on the 2007-08 team that won the NBA title. After bouncing to the Mavericks and Kings, he landed atwo-year, $27.4 million dollar deal with the Bulls last summer.
Despite his three-year absence from wearing a Celtics jersey, he said many folks have been kind to him outside of TD Garden.
"I've been walking the streets the last couple of days," he said. "It's a pretty good welcoming back —[people ask] for autographs and pictures, so they have to boo me [later]. Obviously I've got on a red jersey, so it's part of it."
Even though Rondo got a padded deal from the Bulls, he has struggled on the court. He was fined for publicly ripping into teammates Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade andwas benched for a period of time due to his lackluster performance.
But with the Bulls in the playoffs, Rondo said he has a more positive perspective on his new team.
"This team was put together in a couple months. I think 10 new guys, so it's hard to jell that quickly. Especially if guys don't have the right mindset. At the same time, I feel organizations have to give guys a little bit of time to grow and learn each other," Rondo said.
"Everyone's not going to be San Antonio, but for me I feel you try to always keep your guys together as long as possible so they can develop a chemistry and to make deep runs in the playoffs, go through things together and grow. If that's the case here, that'd be great. If not, it's up to those guys."