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Monday, December 9, 2019

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo rips Bulls teammates in Instagram post

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo is trying his best to write a one-way ticket out of Chicago.

Rondo responded to his Bulls teammates Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade ripping the team after a loss Wednesday night with an Instagram post on Thursday.

My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn't pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn't take days off. My vets didn't care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn't blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game. My vets didn't have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn't change the plan because it didn't work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can't win consistently. I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don't deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it's the leadership.

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In the post, Rondo shared a photo of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett — his teammates on the Celtics when they won the 2008 NBA championship — and compared their leadership style to what he’s seeing with the Bulls. And then he wrote this caption:

My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn’t pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn’t take days off. My vets didn’t care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn’t blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game. My vets didn’t have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn’t change the plan because it didn’t work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can’t win consistently. I may be a lot of things, but I’m not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don’t deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it’s the leadership.

Wow.

There’s a lot to digest there. First off, it seems somewhat hypocritical for a player to rip his teammates for speaking to the media and then he goes and puts everything out there on Instagram for everyone to see. Secondly, for a guy who apparently needs a lesson on proper leadership, Dwyane Wade has won three championships, which is two more than Rondo. Lastly, Rondo says he’s not a bad teammate. But every team has gotten rid of him in the past three years probably would disagree.

This is probably just his way of speeding up the process to get sent out of town.

Rajon Rondo defends his skillset, takes jab at former Kings teammates

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo is here to chew bubblegum and speak his mind. And he’s all out of bubblegum.

In an interview with David Aldridge of NBA.com on Monday, Rondo, who has been relegated to a sixth man role for the Chicago Bulls this year, passionately defended his skillset and took a thinly-veiled swipe at his former Sacramento Kings teammates in the process.

“It’s just, maybe, the personnel in this situation,” the four-time All-Star point guard said. “I mean, last year — I hate to keep talking about last year — but you couldn’t name three people on my team, the Sacramento Kings, and I led the league in assists. You know? I don’t know. I believe so [that his skill set still has value], given the right personnel and the flow of the game.”

Rondo indeed led the league in both total assists (839) and assists per game (11.7) as a King last season. But that didn’t necessarily translate into a healthy ecosystem in Sacramento as they finished tied for 14th in offensive efficiency (per ESPN). In fact, one of the prevailing criticisms of Rondo was that his tendency to kill the flow of the offense and to force passes into traffic as he hunted for assists was an overall detriment to winning basketball.

This season in Chicago has been even worse for Rondo: his 7.0 assists per game are his lowest in nearly a decade, and he was recently removed from the rotation entirely by head coach Fred Hoiberg (though he has since been reinstated to lead the second unit). Rondo has never had the strongest reputation as a teammate either, and these latest comments essentially calling his former ones in Sacramento nobodies will do nothing to shake that image.

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

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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

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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.