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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Rajon Rondo

Fred Hoiberg wants Rajon Rondo to be ‘leader’ of Chicago’s second unit

Rajon Rondo

Slowly but surely, Rajon Rondo is returning to good graces in Chicago.

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said on Thursday that he wants Rondo to be the “leader” of their second unit going forward, per Nick Friedell of ESPN.

Rondo was booted from Hoiberg’s rotation at the end of December and was a DNP-CD for five straight games without much of an explanation why. But he returned to the lineup in Tuesday’s loss to the Wizards, going 6-of-13 for 12 points with four rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes off the bench.

In hindsight, perhaps a sixth man role was always best for Rondo in Chicago. There, he will be able to dominate the ball and carve up weaker opposing bench units without having to worry about ceding touches to Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler.

If Rondo is willing to accept his new, reduced role (which is never a given), maybe this will be the resolution that the two sides need in order to make their partnership work.

Rajon Rondo has hardly talked with Fred Hoiberg about his situation

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo and his relationship status with the Chicago Bulls has been changed to “it’s complicated,” while the two sides still need to have “the talk.”

Rondo says he has had very little communication with the Bulls’ front office since his meeting with them after being benched. What’s more concerning is that he’s had very little communication with head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Rondo says the relationship between the two is cordial, but it’s clear there is some tension over the point guard’s circumstance.

Rondo has turned into a sixth man now for the Bulls. His role with the team is a lot different from what he envisioned when he signed a two-year contract with the squad in the offseason.

“When I signed here, why I wanted to come here, it’s a lot different than what I anticipated,” Rondo said before Tuesday’s game via the Chicago Tribune.

Rondo says he finally got somewhat of an explanation for a halftime benching last month, which preceded a full game on the bench. While he continues to adjust to a sixth-man job, he could be on the block, and at least one team is said to be interested.

Rajon Rondo says Bulls’ brass did not have ‘clear cut message’ in recent meeting

Rajon Rondo

Things between Rajon Rondo and the Chicago Bulls don’t appear to be improving.

Rondo met with Bulls executives Gar Forman and John Paxson on Saturday after Fred Hoiberg abruptly dropped him from the rotation. Four days later, he told the media about their meeting, and he didn’t seem terribly impressed, saying it went “OK.”

“It really wasn’t a clear cut message,” Rondo said, via Nick Friedell of ESPN. “We’ll talk again.”

It’s not clear what was discussed in the meeting. Rondo had previously said he’d look for a trade if he didn’t return to the rotation, and he still hasn’t. It remains to be seen if that will change anytime soon.

Fred Hoiberg: Rajon Rondo will remain out of rotation

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo is still in exile, and there is no indication when it will end.

Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday that Rondo would remain out of the rotation for the team’s next game against New Orleans.

Hoiberg did have praise for Rondo’s professionalism, but nothing has changed with regards to his status.

This will be the third straight game that Rondo will have been benched for at least a part of. He has indicated that if it continues, he’s going to seek a trade. This isn’t what he signed up for, and it doesn’t look as if the situation is going to be changing anytime soon.

Rajon Rondo plans to talk with Bulls GM after second benching

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo says he plans to have a conversation with Chicago Bulls GM Gar Forman after being benched for the second straight game.

Rondo was benched for the entire second half of the Bulls’ loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday after going scoreless in the first half with three fouls and a minus-20 in the plus/minus category. On Saturday, he was benched yet again in favor of Michael Carter-Williams, who scored just six points. The Bulls lost the game by 20 to the Bucks 116-96 as Rondo did not see any minutes.

Following the game, Rondo was asked about his benching and says he will talk with Forman about it.

Rondo did provide some insight about his benching. He says Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg told him he looks slow.

Rondo is averaging 7.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game this season. His 36.9 shooting percentage is by far the worst of his career.

After eight-plus mostly successful seasons in Boston to start his career, Rondo is now on his third new team in three seasons and has worn out his welcome in each successive stop. He even was suspended this season for reportedly throwing a towel at an assistant coach.

Rondo’s stay in Chicago may not last much longer the way things are going.

Rajon Rondo reportedly threw towel at assistant coach


The Chicago Bulls have suspended Rajon Rondo for Monday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, and those who have followed Rondo’s career are not surprised by the reason.

According to several reports, Rondo got into a heated argument with an assistant coach both during and after his team’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Chris Kuc and K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune provided more details of the spat, and it turns out Rondo may have caused things to escalate by throwing a towel at the coach.

Rondo had an emotional exchange with associate head coach Jim Boylen during and after Saturday’s loss to the Mavericks, according to a source. One source said Rondo threw a towel in the direction of Boylen during the game, although that couldn’t be confirmed by a second source.

The report also states that Rondo quickly apologized to the team and met with head coach Fred Hoiberg to discuss the incident on Sunday. He then attended a holiday party with some teammates and members of the organization, so it sounds like there are no hard feelings.

When asked about the incident after Monday’s shootaround, Jimmy Butler came to Rondo’s defense.

“I think this is just another bump in the road,” Butler said. “He’s a phenomenal damn teammate and I back him on everything. These things happen and when things happen you handle it the way you’re supposed to handle it. I think we all love Rondo. I know I do. He’s been a great mentor to me, he’s made me a much better basketball player.”

Rondo has a history of disagreeing with coaches, and most people immediately thought of all the issues he had with his last coach when hearing that the point guard has been suspended. Perhaps the most recent incident was nothing serious, but it will not help Rondo’s reputation as a player who is difficult to coach.

Bulls suspend Rajon Rondo, reportedly had ‘heated exchange’ with coach

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo will sit out Monday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers due to conduct detrimental to the team.

The Chicago Bulls did not immediately offer any further specifics as to what Rondo did to receive the one game suspension.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical later reported that Rondo was suspended for having a “heated exchange” with an assistant coach.

Rondo is averaging 8.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game this season. He’s coming off just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in the team’s last game against Dallas.

Rondo does have some previous in this department, having received a similar punishment for a few incidents with coach Rick Carlisle while a member of the Dallas Mavericks.