Rondo: Filipinos’ Talent Very High

MANILA, Philippines - Boston star guard Rajon Rondo believes that the talent level of young Filipino basketball plyers is high, but need to practice diligently to be successful.

The 6-foot-1 Rondo, 26, who won a championship with the Celtics back in 2008, held a basketball clinic with select players from the NCAA and the UAAP on Tuesday at the Ronac Art Center in San Juan.

"The moves I showed are the moves I used in games," said the three-time All-Star Rondo, who arrived Monday as part of a promotional tour of Red Bull. "The talent is very high, but they have to do repetition on the court (during practice) to be successful."

Some of the moves Rondo shared to the local players are his trademarks 'floater', as well as the side-step move which he calls the 'Euro Step' that allows him to avoid direct contact against a defending player, and make unnecessary offensive fouls.

"The secret is floater is to practice," said Rondo. "You have to sell it. You don't need to take big steps. Although game time, it determine your move."

Some of the players that participated in Rondo's clinic include Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena, Letran' Kevin Louie Alas, Jet Vidal and Earl Thompson of Perpetual Help, Nate Matute of Jose Rizal University, Mapua's Jonathan Banal, and Aaron Black of Ateneo high school.

Rondo was assisted by Talk 'N Text coach Norman Black and Jimmy Alapag, Alaska's Tony dela Cuz, and Smart-Gilas mentor Chot Reyes.

Rondo, with the help of Red Bull, is on his first Asian tour for the energy drink's King of the Rock competition, where the best player will play one-on-one against one of the premier point guards in the NBA in San Francisco.

The highlight of his stint here will be his visit at the San Juan National High School, where, aside from hosting another basketball clinic, he will also help in refurbishing a gymnasium there that Red Bull put up recently.

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