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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Rajon Rondo

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.

James Worthy critical of ‘detrimental’ Rajon Rondo following Lakers loss

Rajon Rondo

The Los Angeles Lakers topped their embarrassing defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday by losing to an even worse team two days later.

The Lakers lost 110-105 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night to drop to 29-31 on the season. Their bench was particularly putrid, led by Rajon Rondo’s poor game. Rondo shot just 1/6 and turned the ball over three times in 16 minutes. He had a -10 along with many other bench players, who combined to shoot 3/14 in the game.

After the contest, Lakers analyst James Worth said Rondo was “detrimental” to his team during the game and said it didn’t look like Rondo was mentally plugged-in.

It’s hard to argue with Worthy’s analysis based on how badly the Lakers bench played against Memphis. Over his last five games (Lakers 1-4 in the span), has just 22 assists compared to 19 turnovers. For his career, he averages 3 assists for every turnover.

The Lakers are running out of time this season and have just 22 games left to improve their record so they can make the playoffs.

LeBron James, Rajon Rondo attend Duke-Virginia game

LeBron James

First it was Jay Z, now it’s LeBron James. Everyone wants to watch Zion Williamson up-close.

LeBron and his Los Angeles Lakers teammate Rajon Rondo traveled to Virginia to watch the Cavaliers and Duke Blue Devils play at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday. The game featured the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in the country squaring off.

Virginia’s only loss on the season entering the game came on the road at Duke in January, so credit the Blue Devils for accounting for both of Virginia’s defeats.

The game featured Duke star Zion Williamson and teammate RJ Barrett. On Virginia’s side, De’Andre Hunter is another good NBA prospect.

James is a big sports fan in general, so it’s not too surprising to see him catch a huge college basketball game, especially with his Lakers having the day off prior to their Sunday game in Philly. There are other more intriguing speculative reasons for LeBron being there. He also has a relationship with Coach K and may want his sons to potentially go to Duke. On top of that, James is Klutch Sports’ most prominent athlete and an ambassador for the agency, so there could be speculation about him trying to make an impression on Zion for agent Rich Paul. He’d have some major competition in that realm, though.

Rajon Rondo’s game-winner was just like shot he made with son

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo drilled a game-winning shot at the buzzer on Thursday night to give the Los Angeles Lakers a win over the Boston Celtics that they desperately needed, and the veteran point guard can thank his son for helping to prepare him for the big moment.

Rondo’s game-winner came from the left elbow after Al Horford blocked a Brandon Ingram layup attempt and the loose ball bounced to him. As Silver Screen & Roll highlighted, Rondo made the exact same type of shot while messing around with his son during warmups.

Every rep counts, right?

The Lakers needed a win after all the trade rumors surrounding the team and a rough week that started with a report of fighting following a loss. Rondo was the only player not bothered by having his name mentioned in Anthony Davis trade rumors, and that calming presence appeared to serve LA well on Thursday.

Watch: Rajon Rondo sinks Celtics with buzzer-beater

Rajon Rondo

Leave it to Rajon Rondo to help get the Los Angeles Lakers on track.

Rondo hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer to beat the Boston Celtics 129-128 on Thursday night. The Lakers were holding a 1-point lead before Kyrie Irving made a layup to put Boston ahead. Brandon Ingram got the ball for the Lakers and tried to win things with a layup, but his attempt was blocked. There was a scramble for the ball and Rondo grabbed it. He was able to sink the shot at the buzzer to win it all.

The Lakers badly needed the win. They’ve been through an awful week that started on Saturday night with a report of fighting after a loss. Then there were trade rumors all week that led to the team playing terribly in a 42-point loss to the Pacers on Tuesday. An Anthony Davis trade was not made, meaning several players whose names were included in trade rumors now have to finish out the season with the Lakers. Rondo was the only player not bothered by having his name in the rumors, and he’s showing why — ice water in his veins!

Details of Lakers’ trade offer for Anthony Davis revealed

Anthony Davis wingspan

The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to acquire Anthony Davis in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, and their first offer to New Orleans may not have been satisfactory.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Lakers’ first offer to the Pelicans included Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round pick.

The trade really amounts to Kuzma and Rondo, who each have value, and a first-round pick that probably will be in the mid-to-later part of the round. Lonzo Ball reportedly does not want to go to the Pelicans and has interest in another team if traded. The deal is not especially attractive.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania says the Lakers have offered the Pelicans their choice of two young players — Ball, Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac or Josh Hart — and either Lance Stephenson or Rajon Rondo.

If the Lakers want to get Davis, they would seemingly need to give up multiple high draft picks and/or take on some salary dumps from the Pelicans. Perhaps empowered by Gregg Popovich, the Pelicans do not seem like they will be steamrolled here.

Rajon Rondo expected to return from hand injury on Thursday

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo was expected to miss a month after he suffered a hand injury that required surgery on Christmas Day, and it sounds like the veteran point guard’s recovery is right on schedule.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton said on Monday that Rondo is expected to return to the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, assuming he does not suffer a setback beforehand.

Getting Rondo back would be big for the Lakers, especially now that Lonzo Ball is expected to miss significant time after suffering an ankle injury over the weekend. LeBron James is also still recovering from a groin injury he suffered during the same game Rondo got hurt.

Rondo has appeared in 14 games this season with LA. He is averaging 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Lakers have lost their last two games and desperately need to get healthy, so getting Rondo back would be a big boost.