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 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.
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.
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.
Rondo had drawn interest from a number of teams and recently met with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 31-year-old averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game with the Chicago Bulls last season. He was largely responsible for Chicago taking a 2-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics in the playoffs before missing the remainder of the postseason with a thumb injury.
With Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins now joining Anthony Davis, the Pelicans have a chance to contend in the Eastern Conference.
Wojnarowski reported earlier in the day that Rondo had met with Lakers president Magic Johnson, which would indicate the level of interest is high. That would be consistent with what we have heard over the past few weeks.
The Lakers are trying to stick to one-year deals for players to they can have as much salary cap space as possible for next summer’s loaded free agent pool. The belief is that will try to sign both LeBron James and Paul George.
Rondo, 31, averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game with the Chicago Bulls last season. He was largely responsible for the Bulls jumping out to a 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics in the playoffs, but a thumb injury forced him to miss the remainder of the series. Rondo has been linked to several other teams since the Bulls waived him.