Steve Kerr does not seem to mind the ongoing antics between Draymond Green and Rajon Rondo.
The Golden State Warriors coach was asked on Saturday about Green and Rondo going back and forth with each other. He said it’s part of the game, though he did make one exception.
Steve Kerr on Green/Rondo: "I don't see anything wrong with it, except for the tripping. I'm all for trying to get under a guy's skin. But you can't try to step on a guy's foot."
— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) May 5, 2018
Kerr says trying to trip an opponent crosses a line beyond playing mental games. This is probably the play Kerr was talking about.
Did Rondo try to trip Draymond pic.twitter.com/95GYe0z2fV
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 5, 2018
Additionally, Rondo had another controversial play where he appeared to slip his leg under where Steph Curry would land after a shot.
is Rondo putting his leg where Steph would land? pic.twitter.com/ygsmKgsRGz
— Alex (@Dubs408) May 5, 2018
When asked if he said something to the league about that play, Kerr said “possibly.”
As long as you’re not trying to injure someone, Kerr is mostly OK with it.
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
Speaking with the media on Friday after the Pelicans jumped out to a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Rondo indicated that New Orleans had the best “Big Three” in the NBA at one point.
“At a point, right before Cuz [DeMarcus Cousins] got hurt, that was my argument. Hands down, we had the best Big 3,” said the former All-Star, according to Will Guillory of NOLA.com.
There’s obviously a lot to unpack here. For one, Rondo, who has never been known for a small ego, seems to be referring to himself, Cousins, and Anthony Davis as said Big Three, leaving backcourt mate Jrue Holiday out of the mix. Could that be at all retributive given that Rondo was never really seen as part of the Boston Celtics’ Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett?
For another, does Rondo actually have a point? The Golden State Warriors are more of a Big Four, the Cleveland Cavaliers have struggled to complement the LeBron James-Kevin Love pair ever since the Kyrie Irving trade, and other dynamic duos around the league (DeMar DeRozan-Kyle Lowry, Damian Lillard-CJ McCollum, Chris Paul-James Harden, Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons, etc.) lack a unanimous third cog. So buying into Rondo’s argument for a second, would New Orleans’ only legitimate competition really be Oklahoma City’s trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony?
Hypotheticals aside, the Pelicans are playing tremendous basketball right now, even without Cousins. Thus, you can decide if Rondo’s comment is fair game or simply a Stephen Curry-esque bad take on the idea of a Big Three.
New Orleans Pelicans guards Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo put the Portland Trail Blazers to the sword in Tuesday night’s Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, and it sounds like the Blazers should have seen it coming.
Holiday led the charge, dropping 33 on the Blazers, while Rondo, not known for his three-point shooting, made two of them, including a backbreaker in the final minute to more or less seal the game for the Pelicans.
It didn’t take long for a pair of years-old tweets from Blazers guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum to surface that seemed quite clairvoyant.
You can't win when Rondo making treys and free throws.
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) May 27, 2012
If jrue holiday isn't a all star then I don't know what is lol
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 19, 2013
Accurate on both counts. Holiday even has ownership of the Blazers now. Portland is down 2-0 and will need to win one on the road just to avoid being swept.
TNT announcer Ian Eagle paid Rajon Rondo the ultimate compliment on Tuesday night while calling Game 2 of the playoff series between the New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers.
Rondo got off to a nice start for New Orleans, dishing out several assists early in the game. After one of the early assists, Eagle said, “that’s five assists for ‘Playoff Rondo’.”
Rondo has earned a nickname “Playoff Rondo” in some NBA circles thanks to his propensity to elevate his play in the postseason. The veteran point guard averages 14.3 points, 9.2 assists, six rebounds and 1.9 steals per game during the playoffs. By comparison, Rondo has averaged 10.5 points, 8.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game during the regular season.
Taking that nickname national is a big honor and huge compliment to Rondo, who had 17 assists in a Game 1 win over Portland. He’s a pretty darn good player when he’s not getting into it with his coaches.
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.