When Rajon Rondo showed up at Game 4 of Miami and Boston wearing one of the Star Trek jerseys, we knew it was time to beam him up.
No, Rondo was not wearing Captain Kirk's jersey. That would be totally inappropriate. If he should wear anyone's jersey, it would belong to Mr. Spock. We do not mean Zachary Quinto, but the original brainiac of the team, Leonard Nimoy.
Of course, true aficionados of Star Trek would immediately recognize that Rondo had actually dipped into the 1980s version of Star Trek: the Next Generation. Calling Mr. Blackwell! Fans from Miami would have pegged Rondo as a Romulan, but he is clearly Vulcan.
His two-tone jersey, with the different color across the shoulder was the height of the fashion for Captain Picard, but we realized that Rondo was actually in the uniform of Geordie (played by Levar Burton).
As we recall, Geordie was blind and wore a special kind of dark glasses, quite similar to the sort the NBA banned Rondo from wearing on the court.
Rondo definitely has the shoulders for an outfit that highlights the sway of his gait. He may have the demeanor of Wil Wheaton, but he comes across with a dash of Sulu.
We are not sure how significant Rondo's return to the previous generation of Star Trek may be. It would seem he has just beamed down with a supply of Dilithium Crystals to help the Celtics shoot into warp drive during Game 4.
Then again, Hollywood is holding auditions for the new movie sequel with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Rondo is ahead of the curve as always.