The superstar point guard, who did receive a five-point rating bump in "NBA 2013," was in the island country to teach a clinic to young hopefuls and take in the competition at the Red Bull King of the Rock regional qualifier.
On Saturday, he guided players from Taiwan's High School Basketball League through drills and faced the local press. There was no word on whether or not he gave clues on how to defend his patented fake behind-the-back pass.
Rondo was the face of Red Bull King of the Rock last year, hosting the finals on Alcatraz in San Francisco. While Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei is not as grim as Alcatraz, it's no less impressive a place to play some one-on-one. The winner of the regional qualifier moves on to the finals on Alcatraz.
"I think it's a great event," Rondo said in an interview with ABS-CBN News in the Phillipines, where he arrived on Monday. "It started out not so big, but now it's global."
Red Bull King of the Rock does not hit the Phillipines this year, but it will in 2013 and Rondo dropped in to check on the talent.
"The decision to visit Manila was due to my curiosity about the Filipinos' love for basketball," he said. "I also wanted to experience the unique brand of hospitality the Filipinos are known for."
He added, "Red Bull's plans to bring the King of the Rock here next year are being finalized. I'm here to help spread the word and encourage the talented Filipino athletes to join the tournament."
After catching a few games in Manila, Rondo will jet off to Hong Kong for another round of Red Bull King of the Rock qualifying. During the trip Rondo has not only widened his experience, but, according to his tweets, he is also widening his palate.
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