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Video: Steve Nash pulls “The Corn Chopper” on a snowboard

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2-time MVP Steve Nash has always been game for a good viral video. His latest entry involves him auditioning for ESPN’s “Winter X Games Real Snow” competition by pulling the ultra-dangerous “corn chopper,” which is apparently too awesome to be shown — all we get to see is Nash’s teammates reacting to the trick, rather than the trick itself, Grizzly Man style. It seems unlikely that we’ll actually get to see Nash perform “The Corn Chopper” on an actual video — some things, I suppose, are better left to the imagination. Hat tip to our friends at The Basketball Jones.

Rondo doubtful for Friday’s game

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From A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Boston:

WALTHAM — If only Friday’s game against Phoenix were a playoff battle with the series knotted up at 2-2.
Under those circumstances, Rajon Rondo said his sore right wrist wouldn’t prevent him from playing.
Instead, it’s a regular-season game, one that Rondo’s coach, Doc Rivers, anticipates being played without him.
“He’s doing all right,” Rivers said. “But I doubt if he plays. We’ll see.”
The 5-8 Celtics have been one of the NBA’s biggest disappointments so far, but Rondo has continued to play at a high level despite the team seemingly crumbling around him — Rondo is averaging a career-high 15 points per game on 51.7% shooting, which also represents a career-high mark from him. Rondo’s assist totals are down from last season, but he’s still handing out 9.4 assists per game, which is the 2nd-highest mark in the league.

Greg Ostertag will not be returning to the NBA

Greg Ostertag

From’s Marc Stein:

After knee troubles limited him to less than 30 minutes in the Texas Legends’ last three games, Greg Ostertag informed the team Thursday that he is ending his comeback in the D-League.

Ostertag had his best game for the Frisco-based Legends last week at the D-League Showcase in Reno in front of scouts from numerous NBA teams, but the 38-year-old told on Thursday that the pain in his knees since then had become unbearable.

“They’ve been bugging me since I came back (in late December), but I could barely move (after Reno),” Ostertag said. “I felt good there and I played good. I get out there and sometimes I do get loose, but usually the ‘don’ts’ are longer than the ‘dos.’ It sucks, but I knew going into this what could happen.”

Ostertag, who was a solid if unspectacular NBA center for 11 seasons, said that he regrets retiring at the age of 33, and that he wants people to know that his time in the D-league was not “a publicity stunt.” It’s a shame that Ostertag’s body couldn’t hold up when he re-found his passion for the game — we wish him all the best in his post-NBA ventures.