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Articles tagged: Rajon Rondo

Isaiah Thomas says Rajon Rondo was trash talking about tribute video again

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Isaiah Thomas and Rajon Rondo were ejected for getting into it during Wednesday night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans, and it sounds like the groundwork for the scrum was laid last month.

If you remember, Rondo was outspoken in saying he does not believe Thomas should get a tribute video from the Celtics when he returns to Boston as a visiting player. Thomas said Rondo brought that up again on Wednesday.

“Yeah, he brought it up,” Thomas said, per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times. “For whatever reason he’s an upset guy about me. I don’t know what it is. He kept bringing the tribute up when I was the one that shut the tribute down.”

When Thomas was still with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics originally planned to honor him with a tribute video last Saturday, which was the same day Paul Pierce’s No. 34 jersey was retired by the team. Several weeks ago, Rondo questioned why the Celtics would honor Thomas at all — let alone on the same day as Pierce’s jersey retirement.

Thomas said it felt like Rondo was trying to get under his skin from the jump during Wednesday’s game.

“It felt like they were waiting for me to get upset,” he said. “I got hit in my face three times, and the third time I got hit in my face I reacted and tried to tell the refs, ‘Are you gonna control this?’ Hopefully, like I said, the NBA sees it, looks at it, figures it out, but I definitely need to get those technical fouls rescinded because I didn’t do anything.”

While Rondo was playing aggressive defense on Thomas, he didn’t appear to do anything over the top. It seems like the bad blood between the two was the biggest contributing factor.

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.


Rajon Rondo wonders why Isaiah Thomas deserves tribute from Celtics

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Well, we know where Rajon Rondo stands on the debate about the Isaiah Thomas video tribute.

Rondo, who is now with the New Orleans Pelicans, was in Boston on Tuesday night to face his former team. After his Pelicans beat the Celtics 116-113 in overtime, Rondo talked about the Thomas/Paul Pierce controversy.

Earlier this month, Pierce said he did not want the Celtics to play a video tribute to Thomas when he returns to Boston as a member of the Cavaliers because it would attract from Pierce’s jersey retirement day. Thomas acquiesced Tuesday and said he wanted it to be all about Pierce.

Rondo wants to know why Thomas is being honored by the Celtics at all.

Rondo isn’t exactly the warmest-hearted person, so his strong feelings should not come as a surprise. He should be reminded that Thomas is just getting a video tribute thanking him for what he did for the Celtics, not a jersey retirement or banner. What Thomas accomplished in Boston is certainly worthy of that, just as long as it’s not on Paul Pierce’s day.

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: Rajon Rondo could miss a month with sports hernia injury

The New Orleans Pelicans’ atrocious injury luck is continuing into 2017-18.

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said on Sunday that Rajon Rondo, who just signed with the team earlier this offseason, has a sports hernia injury and will be seeing a specialist, per team radio producer Daniel Sallerson.

Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate adds that initial estimates are that the former All-Star guard will be sidelined for roughly a month.

Rondo, who averaged 7.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game for the Chicago Bulls last season, seemed like a fairly strong fit in New Orleans, particularly with one notable Pelican that he previously played with. But now it looks like the team will once again have to rely on Jrue Holiday as their main backcourt distributor, at least for the first few weeks of the new season.

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Bulls PF calls Rajon Rondo the best teammate he’s had in the NBA

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Public opinion of Rajon Rondo as a teammate has taken a dramatic nosedive these last few years, but Bobby Portis definitely doesn’t agree with that idea.

In a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls big man replied to a question about the best teammate he’s had in the NBA so far by tweeting at Rondo.

Portis and Rondo were teammates in Chicago for just one season before Rondo was waived this summer. The ex-All-Star guard has since signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, marking his fifth NBA team in less than three years.

A series of ugly public incidents have hurt the perception of Rondo in this latter stage of his career, and that was also true of his tenure with the Bulls. But through it all, Rondo has always seemed to have a strong rapport with his younger teammates, and Portis’ endorsement reaffirms as much.

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