The Los Angeles Lakers have bolstered their backcourt by agreeing to a deal with Rajon Rondo, and there has been some talk that he could potentially start over Lonzo Ball in the wake of Ball’s lackluster rookie season. You can probably guess how Ball’s father, LaVar, feels about that.
During an appearance on CNN Wednesday night, LaVar Ball was asked if he was concerned about a potential competition for the starting point guard job between Lonzo and Rondo. The elder Ball subtly referred to Rondo as a “backup.”
“That don’t mean nothing,” Ball said. “(Lonzo) just got another teammate. Another teammate, that’s all. A little backup, that’s good. I never worry about competition because I know my boys are better than that.”
Lonzo Ball averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 assists per game during his rookie season. He’s dealing with a torn meniscus this offseason, but he’s expected to be ready for training camp. While he still has the upper-hand in any potential competition for obvious reasons, there have been reports that Rondo has been told he could earn the starting job.
LaVar Ball has always been loud and proud when it comes to his kids, and he’s not going to change that for Rondo or anyone else. But if LeBron wants Rondo to start and Rondo looks better than Lonzo throughout the summer, the Lakers will have a tough decision to make.
Rajon Rondo will have the chance to start for the Los Angeles Lakers if he earns the role.
The Lakers raised eyebrows Monday by signing Rondo to a one-year deal, and according to Sam Amick of USA Today, he’ll be given the opportunity to compete with Lonzo Ball for the starting point guard position.
Rajon Rondo has no assurances that he'll start over Lonzo Ball, but it's entirely possible: "Best man plays," I'm told.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 2, 2018
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne cautioned that the Rondo move should not be considered a sign of a lack of faith in Ball.
All that said, LeBron did tell the Lakers on Saturday night that he likes Lonzo’s game and is excited to play with him.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 2, 2018
Clearly, the Lakers are immediately in win-now mode now that LeBron James is joining the team. That may mean Ball has to sit a while, though he may have other concerns at this time.
The Golden State Warriors-New Orleans Pelicans series is starting to heat up, as is the one-on-one rivalry between Draymond Green and Rajon Rondo.
Friday’s Game 3 saw Green and Rondo getting into it again and having to be separated. The two exchanged words after a whistle in the first quarter.
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) May 5, 2018
Then in the fourth quarter, Rondo was seen supposedly trying to trip Green as the two teams were retreating to their respective benches for a timeout.
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) May 5, 2018
After the game (which the Pelicans won 119-100 to make it a 2-1 series), Green scoffed at a reporter who implied he and Rondo were trying to bait each other.
“I get nothing out of trying to bait Rondo at anything,” said Green, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “That does nothing for me. Once again, when have I went up and tried to bait him? Y’all hate the storyline of someone trying to bait me, huh? I just gotta be involved like, ‘Oh, Draymond’s doing this.’
“At some point, somebody gotta tell the truth,” the reigning Defensive Player of the Year added. “It ain’t Draymond this time. I’ve baited a lot of guys, tried to bait a lot of guys. Succeeded quite a bit, sometimes failed. I ain’t trying to bait nobody…. Draymond ain’t trying to bait nobody.”
Rondo, for his part, later hit back at Green’s remarks, saying that he thought that the opposite was true and that he was not the one who was baiting Green.
Rajon Rondo on Draymond Green theorizing that Rondo was baiting him, not the other way around: "That's his game. I don't try to bait him. He talks a lot of ish." pic.twitter.com/dHflty9OPQ
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 5, 2018
Game 4 between the Pelicans and Warriors will take place on Sunday in New Orleans, and the friction between the two players will be worth keeping an eye on, especially since they already had another heated confrontation in Game 2.
Rajon Rondo is not a fan of his nickname, which is meant to be a compliment towards him.
Rondo told The New York Times’ Marc Stein that he hates his “Playoff Rondo” nickname. He insists that he is the same player he’s always been and dismisses the notion that he’s not as good the rest of the time.
“I’ve done what I’ve done in the past,” Rondo told Stein. “I let my game speak for itself. I feel like, when I get a certain amount of minutes and when the coaches allow me to be me on the court, I’m Rondo. There’s no ‘Playoff Rondo.’”
It seems that Rondo is just more upset at the perception that he’s not as productive the rest of the time, which probably has to do with the drama he’s been a part of at his previous stops.
Ultimately, Rondo acknowledges that he does show up in the big moments.
“’Playoff Rondo’, I think, is a myth. But I do love the big moments.”
Rondo helped New Orleans to a playoff sweep against Portland. He’s won a championship with Boston. And for his career, Rondo is averaging 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists. In the postseason, Rondo has averaged 14.2 points, 6 rebounds and 9.2 assists. The numbers don’t lie, Rondo.
- Rajon Rondo
Ray Allen’s new autobiography included some unflattering anecdotes about Rajon Rondo, and the point guard is firing back.
In his upcoming book “From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love,” Allen alleged that the Boston Celtics were ready to trade Rondo to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul, but that coach Doc Rivers didn’t want to foist Rondo on his close friend, New Orleans coach Monty Williams.
Allen also claimed Rondo told Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Allen himself that he had been the one to carry Boston to the 2008 title.
Rondo, when told of the stories, didn’t hold back about Allen.
“He just wants attention,” Rondo said, via Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. “I need actually some sales from [the book], only [publicity] it’s been getting is from my name. I need some percentage or something. His people contact my people or something. The only pub I’ve been hearing about is when he mentions my name.
“Obviously that man is hurting. I don’t know if it’s financially, I don’t know if it’s mentally. He wants to stay relevant. I am who I am. I don’t try to be something I’m not. I can’t say the same for him. He’s looking for attention. I’m a better human being than that. I take accountability for my actions.
“Certain [stuff] happens in my life, I man up. But he has a whole other agenda.”
Allen has had a very difficult relationship with his 2008 teammates, and even though he’s tried to smooth things over, it has never really happened. Things like this certainly don’t help.
Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Thomas were ejected from Wednesday’s Los Angeles Lakers-New Orleans Pelicans game after getting tangled up.
The two got physical as the Lakers were getting set to inbound the ball in the first quarter and ended up getting tossed from the game:
Isaiah Thomas was so endearing last season, now he just needs to shut up & just play some Basketball. He's just been tossed alongside Rajon Rondo in New Orleans.
There's some serious dislike between these two. pic.twitter.com/DVq3KBLXeI
— Adam Joseph 🇦🇺 (@AdamJosephSport) February 15, 2018
Rondo had four points and five assists in eight minutes, while Thomas had three points in five minutes.
Recall that there could be some beef between the two as Rondo threw some shade at Thomas previously.
Rajon Rondo was the subject of jokes on Twitter for the shoes he wore to the Celtics’ game on Sunday.
The Celtics retired Paul Pierce’s jersey following the team’s game against the Cavaliers. Many of Pierce’s former teammates were in attendance. Antoine Walker, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo were among those at TD Garden for the festivities. The latter had an interesting choice footwear.
Rondo showed up in a pair of white shoes with Velcro strips.
— NBA (@NBA) February 11, 2018
What followed was Rondo being heavily mocked. Many felt the shoes were more suited for someone considerably older.