Monday marked Rajon Rondo’s first time facing the Los Angeles Lakers since his departure, and his old teammates had to make the most of it.
Lakers star Anthony Davis told reporters on Tuesday that the team trolled Rondo by drawing up a new play just to mess with him during the game.
“We called a play after a timeout, an ATO play, and [Rondo] was here last year, so he knows our plays and knows our system and everything like that, and he’s very good at scouting other teams’ plays and players and things like that,” said Davis, per Lakers writer Harrison Faigen. “So we ran the play and put him in some action and we ended up getting a foul of it, and I told him I was yelling [from the bench], I was yelling to him and told him, ‘You haven’t seen that one. That’s something new. You haven’t seen that one.’ He started laughing, we were laughing, so that was a cool moment.”
Lakers coach Frank Vogel also admitted as much after the game, a 107-99 victory for the Lakers.
“Everything we do is to try to trick Rondo,” said Vogel. “We know how smart he is and we had to add some deception to our game because he knows all of our packages. So we had a few extra tricks in there for him.”
The 34-year-old Rondo, a 15-season NBA veteran, left the Lakers to sign with the Hawks this past offseason. But he was a strong contributor to the Lakers’ 2020 title run, so he is obviously still very fondly remembered.
Rondo had to be a bit taken aback by such a turn of events on Monday though. After all, he is the one usually doing the trolling lately.
Russell Westbrook was ejected from Saturday night’s game between the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards after he got into it with Rajon Rondo. Following his team’s loss, Westbrook pointed the finger at himself.
Westbrook and Rondo received matching technicals for exchanging words near the end of the first half and needing to be separated. Westbrook then shoved Rondo in the second half, which drew a technical and a second ejection.
When a reporter asked Westbrook about the incident, he said he should not have allowed himself to stoop to Rondo’s level.
“It’s more on me. I cannot allow myself to stoop down to anybody’s level. That’s not my character or who I am,” Westbrook said. “I gotta be better, regardless of what trash talking or things are said. It’s on me to control myself and control my own emotions.”
You can see Westbrook’s full response below, but beware that it includes a curse word:
Rondo is a known agitator, and he even waved at Westbrook after Russ was ejected. You can see the video here.
Regardless of what was said between the two, Rondo accomplished his goal. That became evident with the way he high-fived his teammates after Westbrook was tossed. The two have a tense history with one another, and Westbrook fell right into Rondo’s trap.
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Rajon Rondo helped get Russell Westbrook ejected in Friday’s game between the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks, and he was quite pleased about it, too.
Rondo and Westbrook exchanged words at the end of the first half, which led to both players getting technical fouls and having to be kept apart.
Rondo’s role as agitator continued into the second half. Early in the fourth quarter, a frustrated Westbrook shoved Rondo out of the way off the ball, and was called for a second technical and ejected. Rondo reveled in it, and he even waved at Westbrook as the Wizards guard headed off the court.
Rondo was also congratulated by his teammates for goading Westbrook into the technical.
Rondo’s joy was short-lived, as he also received a second technical foul and an ejection later in the game.
Westbrook already had an issue with Rondo’s brother dating back to the Orlando bubble. Maybe that was part of the reason for tempers flaring on Friday. It may be that Rondo is just the kind of guy who loves to agitate. In this instance, it got the opponent’s star player thrown out of the game, so he’ll probably call it a win.
Rajon Rondo was recently sued by a woman who claims the NBA star and his girlfriend attacked her in a parking lot, and a video that has since been released confirms there was a physical altercation.
Toktam Jorshari claimed in court documents that Rondo was parked in a handicapped spot on June 28 at the apartment complex where they both live. Jorshari says she pulled into the space next to Rondo’s Rolls Royce SUV to unload a piece of furniture she had purchased, and Rondo felt she parked too close to his car. That allegedly led to Rondo aggressively confronting Jorshari, who claims the situation quickly escalated and became physical.
Surveillance footage that was obtained by TMZ this week appears to show Rondo and his girlfriend arguing with Jorshari about the situation. At one point, Rondo shoved Jorshari with one arm, causing her to stumble backward. Rondo’s girlfriend then attacked Jorshari, and Rondo initially tried to step in between the two. He then stood back and watched while his girlfriend punched Jorshari in the face several times.
Jorshari claims in her lawsuit that Rondo’s girlfriend repeatedly attacked her while she was on the ground, though TMZ’s video ended before any of that was shown. You can read more details from the lawsuit here.
Rondo was still with the Los Angeles Lakers at the time of the alleged incident. The 34-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks last month.
A woman who says she lives in the same apartment complex as Rajon Rondo in Los Angeles claims she was attacked by Rondo and his girlfriend earlier this year, and she has filed a lawsuit against the NBA veteran.
According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Toktam Jorshari claims Rondo was parked in a handicapped spot on June 28 at their apartment complex when she pulled into the space next to him to unload a piece of furniture she had purchased. She said she inadvertently blocked Rondo’s Rolls Royce SUV in, which led to him aggressively confronting her. Jorshari claims the situation quickly escalated and became physical.
Jorshari says Rondo immediately shouted at her, “B—-, why do you think you can park here?” He then allegedly shoved her against her vehicle in a manner that was “so violent and forceful that [Jorshari’s] sandal shoe flew off her foot and her keys which she held in her hand flew out of her hand and broke into two pieces when the key fell onto the ground.”
Once Jorshari was on the ground, she says Rondo’s girlfriend repeatedly attacked her and hit her in the head and upper-body area. She says the incident was captured on surveillance footage that she has in her possession.
Jorshari is suing both Rondo and his girlfriend for assault and battery, infliction of emotional distress, and conspiracy. She’s seeking unspecified damages in excess of $1 million.
Rondo was still with the Los Angeles Lakers at the time of the alleged incident. He signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks last month. At least one top contender was said to have interest in the 34-year-old.
Rajon Rondo is headed back to the Eastern Conference.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Saturday that the veteran point guard has agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
The 34-year-old Rondo, coming off a championship last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, figures to slot into a role as Trae Young’s backup and mentor. The Hawks also signed guard Kris Dunn earlier this week.
There was some belief Rondo might head to a particular contender instead. However, he now joins an upstart young Hawks team and also gets a nice pay raise from the $2.4 million he made last year.
Rajon Rondo clearly won’t be returning to the Los Angeles Lakers, but there remains some doubt regarding his ultimate destination.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Atlanta Hawks are still regarded as the frontrunner for the veteran guard. However, the Los Angeles Clippers are still “in the hunt” for Rondo.
One thing seems certain: Rondo’s time with the Lakers is over. In an Instagram post Saturday, he thanked the organization, staff, players, and fans in a goodbye message.
Rondo may prefer the Clippers. They’re closer to contention. However, the Hawks may be willing to offer a bigger payday. At this point, that may make the difference.
The Atlanta Hawks appear intent on potentially rebuilding quite quickly for the 2020-21 season.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, rival teams increasingly feel the Hawks will be in “pole position” to sign both Rajon Rondo and Danilo Gallinari as free agents. A previous report said the Hawks were prepping a “significant offer” for Rondo.
While neither player is a star, both would help the Hawks improve. The 34-year-old Rondo averaged 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for the Lakers last season. Gallinari, meanwhile, started 62 games for Oklahoma City, averaging 18.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
The Hawks went 20-47 last year, and may struggle to nab guys like this if other contenders get in the mix as expected. However, the Hawks are clearly serious about adding some big names to work with Trae Young, and also have the No. 6 pick in Wednesday’s draft to work with.
Rajon Rondo is expected to decline his $2.6 million player option with the Los Angeles Lakers to become a free agent, and the Atlanta Hawks could be waiting with a huge offer.
ESPN’s Frank Isola said that Rondo is expected to receive a “significant” offer from the Hawks for around $15 million over two years. The Hawks have plenty of cap space and are looking to improve.
Rondo is also reportedly being pursued by the Clippers and prefers to sign with them if possible.
Rondo’s interest in these other teams likely explains why the Lakers agreed to acquire Dennis Schroder from the Thunder.
Rondo averaged 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for the Lakers last season and helped them win the championship. The 34-year-old has played 14 seasons in the NBA.
Rajon Rondo may be taking his championship ring and running to the other side of Staples Center.
Frank Isola of ESPN reported on Tuesday that the veteran point guard is expected to receive a large free agent offer (two years and $15 million) from the Atlanta Hawks. However, Rondo is reportedly focused on potentially joining the LA Clippers. Isola adds that Rondo could possibly receive the mid-level exception from the Clippers.
Rondo, 34, rebuilt his value in a big way this past season with the Los Angeles Lakers. His strong averages in the playoffs (8.9 points and 6.6 assists per game) helped catapult the Lakers to their 17th NBA title.
The four-time All-Star is a vocal leader and true playmaking guard, roles that the Clippers largely struggled to fill last season. Rondo is also familiar with some of the team’s brass. He was briefly teammates with center Ivica Zubac on the Lakers in the 2018-19 campaign. Meanwhile, new Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue as well as new assistant Roy Rogers were on the Boston Celtics’ coaching staff back when Rondo was there.
The Clippers certainly want Rondo, and now it seems the interest is mutual.
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