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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo fined for kicking Dennis Schroder, verbal abuse of referee

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo was fined for a trio of infractions committed on Friday night.

Rondo was ejected during the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ win in Oklahoma City. He kicked Dennis Schroder in the groin, cursed at an official, and took his sweet time leaving the court.

All of that amounted to a $35,000 fine from the NBA.

Rondo was playing in just his fifth game of the season for the Lakers. He had eight points, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes before his fourth quarter ejection.

Frank Vogel: Rajon Rondo will be Lakers’ starting point guard for ‘a lot of games’

Rajon Rondo

The Los Angeles Lakers’ lack of non-LeBron James ballhandlers was evident during their opening night loss to the rival LA Clippers, and head coach Frank Vogel may be trying to adjust accordingly.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Vogel said that veteran Rajon Rondo will be the Lakers’ starting point guard for “a lot of games,” likely displacing teammate Avery Bradley in the starting lineup, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

The Lakers trotted out Bradley and Danny Green as their starting backcourt against the Clippers on Wednesday with James handling the de facto point guard duties. Rondo was out with a calf injury and remains questionable for Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz.

After averaging 9.2 points and 8.0 assists per game for the Lakers in 2018-19, Rondo seems poised to play a major role for the team again this season. He may however need to exhibit better leadership than he did at points last year.

Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins discussed reuniting

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Rajon Rondo were teammates once and apparently enjoyed it so much they wanted to experience it again.

During the 2017-2018 season, Davis, Rondo, and Cousins played for the New Orleans Pelicans. Following that season, Rondo signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers and Cousins, who was recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, shocked the NBA world by joining the Golden State Warriors.

The three are now teammates once again with the Lakers. According to Cousins, this is something that was discussed on several occasions.

The last time Davis, Cousins, and Rondo were on the same team, they advanced to the second round of the playoffs. This time around they are hoping being on a team with LeBron James will take them even further.

Rajon Rondo returning to Lakers on two-year deal

Rajon Rondo

The Los Angeles Lakers are filling out their roster after missing out on Kawhi Leonard and bringing back some familiar names.

Rajon Rondo will return to the Lakers on a two-year deal, according to ESPN.

Rondo signed a 1-year, $9 million deal with the Lakers last year. He only played in 46 games due to injury, averaging 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

The Lakers’ roster now includes:
Guards: Rondo, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels
Forwards: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Jared Dudley
Centers: JaVale McGee, DeMarcus Cousins

They still have some more spots to fill out, but that gives you a good picture of what their team will look like.

Seeing the Lakers bring Rondo back after some of his behavior at the end of last season is a surprise, but their options were limited.

Look: 2008 Celtics got together for a dinner in LA, no Ray Allen

Boston Celtics

The 2008 Boston Celtics remain a tight-knit group more than a decade after they won the championship together, with one exception.

Kendrick Perkins shared a photo on Twitter and Instagram Thursday that showed him, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Sam Cassell dining together.

That group together formed the core of the 2008 Celtics that went 66-16 and won the championship over the Lakers.

Isaiah Thomas, who played for the Celtics from 2014 to 2017, humorously commented about his lack of an invitation to the dinner, saying “No invite cuz lol” on Perkins’ Instagram.

Of course, most fans made note of Ray Allen’s absence. Though it may simply be a matter of Allen not being in Los Angeles like everyone else at the dinner, Rondo has been holding a grudge against him for leaving to join the Heat.

Rajon Rondo explains what trade rumors did to Lakers’ players

Rajon Rondo

The Los Angeles Lakers’ season was destabilized around the trade deadline, when much of the roster was floated as part of the team’s very public pursuit of New Orleans center Anthony Davis.

Point guard Rajon Rondo has been around the NBA for a long time, and offered some insight into why those trade talks were particularly damaging, especially to the team’s younger players.

“Every guy on our team, LeBron was their favorite player growing up,” Rondo said, via Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. “Everyone had the shoes, his jersey. You’re the biggest fan in the world. It’s like you’re playing with MJ, and then you get there, and it’s like your mom and dad, or the person that you looked up to and idolized, doesn’t want you. And then to have that sitting in your gut, not knowing. Guys aren’t at the age where they can have a man-to-man conversation versus texting you. Everybody wants to text you: ‘How you doing? We cool?’ People don’t understand how to have a real conversation and talk out problems.”

Rondo added, however, that it wasn’t just young guys who were impacted by the rumors.

“Even some of the old guys were affected,” Rondo added. “I can’t say a name, but I remember me and the guy were on the bench for the Atlanta game right before the [All-Star] break. The guy was cussing and talking bad about the situation during the game. I was like: ‘Snap out of it. That s— is over with. We’ll get through it. As vets, we have to move forward and not focus on what the young guys are focusing on. Set an example.’ It was a little crazy to see a vet distraught over that.”

Part of the reason James may have been ignorant to how much trade talk would destabilize the locker room is because, as he noted, he’s never been the subject of that speculation before. The Lakers may not have made the playoffs even without that factor, but as Rondo illustrates, it was definitely a major distraction that really hurt the team in a key part of the season.

Mark Jackson rips Rajon Rondo for ‘unacceptable’ behavior

Rajon Rondo bench

Mark Jackson ripped Rajon Rondo for some behavior he deemed “unacceptable” at the end of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

Jackson, an analyst for ESPN, criticized the Lakers guard for where he was sitting. Rondo was sitting in courtside seats — typically a fan area — rather than with his teammates.

“That can’t happen,” Jackson said firmly.

Jackson said the issues the Lakers are experiencing are “across the board,” meaning they are problems with the players and coaches.

Rondo should not be doing that, and the incident is another example of the problems the franchise is experiencing. But the especially sharp criticism coming from Jackson seems to have an ulterior motive.

Lakers head coach Luke Walton has been on the hot seat all season, and the expectation is he’ll be fired after the season, which is something LeBron’s camp wants. I’ll bet you can’t guess who wants to be considered for the job. Yes, Mark Jackson, who is represented by LeBron’s agent, has been mentioned as a candidate. He’s made some other biased comments during a game on ESPN in the past that were aimed at improving the Lakers.

This is the second time this season that a photo of the Lakers’ bench has become an issue. As for a possible explanation, Rondo has said in the past that he likes courtside seats.