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Monday, June 25, 2018

Rajon Rondo

Draymond Green, Rajon Rondo in war of words after Game 3

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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.

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.

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.

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 hates his ‘Playoff Rondo’ nickname

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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 accuses Ray Allen of seeking attention over new book

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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.

Isaiah Thomas, Rajon Rondo ejected from Lakers-Pelicans game

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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:

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.

Twitter mocks Rajon Rondo’s Velcro shoes

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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.

What followed was Rondo being heavily mocked. Many felt the shoes were more suited for someone considerably older.

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Report: Rajon Rondo to miss 4-6 weeks after hernia surgery

Rajon Rondo has decided to undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia, and the star point guard is expected to miss roughly the first month of the season while he recovers.

Shams Charania of The Vertical reports that Rondo underwent surgery on Tuesday after meeting with a specialist the day before. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, and the regular season tips off in one week.

Rondo suffered the injury in Friday night’s preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The New Orleans Pelicans will have to rely on Jrue Holiday as their primary point guard for the first part of the season. Rondo, who averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 69 games with the Chicago Bulls last year, signed a one-year deal with the Pelicans in July.

Report: DeMarcus Cousins played pivotal role in recruiting Rajon Rondo to Pelicans

DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo are reunited, and it feels so good.

Scott Kushner of The Advocate reports on Saturday that Cousins was “pivotal” in recruiting Rondo to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Cousins and Rondo were previously teammates on the Sacramento Kings in 2015-16, a year that saw Cousins average 26.9 points per game (a career-high for him at the time) and Rondo lead the NBA in assists with 11.7 a game. Both players also attended college at the University of Kentucky.

The two All-Stars saw their time together in Sacramento marred by a number of different issues, but it sounds like they are quite eager for the opportunity now to run it back in New Orleans.

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