Rajon Rondo is still struggling to fit in with the Dallas Mavericks, and it all came to a head with an on-court altercation between Rondo and Dallas Mavericks coach, Rick Carlisle. The shouting match started because Rondo was ignoring Carlisle’s play call. Rondo sat the rest of the game and the Mavericks won. That must not have sat well with Rondo because he argued again with Carlisle in the locker room, and was suspended a game for conduct detrimental to the team. The Mavericks were better before Rondo got there, so is he worth the attitude he brings.
Rondo is a champion, but it should be pointed out that he won his title as a youngster with the Boston Celtics, a veteran laden team. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen are future Hall of Famers, so Rondo was the equivalent of a game manager when they won a title. He forced his way into a bigger role, but for whatever reason they never won again. It can be argued that his chemistry problems with Ray Allen were the beginning of the end for the Celtics.
Fast forward to today and Rondo has kept his ‘star’ status despite not accomplishing anything on the court. The Boston Celtics have been one of the worst teams in the NBA the last few years, while led by Rondo. Still the Dallas Mavericks saved Rondo from that purgatory, and put him in the middle of the Western Conference race. How did Rondo repay the organization? He showed a total lack of respect for a coach who is more accomplished than he is.
Rajon Rondo is in a contract year, so if he was smart he wouldn’t make waves. The Mavericks probably won’t want him back, and most contenders are set at the point guard position. There are rumors that the Los Angeles Lakers are still interested, but that makes no sense. Not only are there team chemistry issues due to his attitude, but Rondo is a flawed player.
Rondo can’t shoot and the NBA has transitioned from a defensive to an offensive league, so Rondo is obsolete. The fact that Rondo can’t shoot is a testament to his arrogance. After all these years his shot has not got better, which shows he doesn’t prioritize shooting. He must think that he is good enough to work around his short comings, but he has proven that he isn’t. Rondo better turn over a new leaf because even though the Mavericks traded for him, they didn’t trade much, and they don’t necessarily need him. Arguably they may be better off going with Devin Harris and Raymond Felton at the point guard position, and trying to outscore teams. It’s not like they could be worse that Rondo has been. At least they would run the plays that Carlisle calls.