When Rajon Rondo decided to join the Chicago Bulls he must have expected a total upturn of events moving forward in his NBA career. But, since the coaching staff decided to bench him initially after a loss to the Pacers, things have gone sour quick.
Rajon Rondo’s playtime have decreased considerably. To make things worse, management said it’s all because he’s been playing so bad, they had to “save him from himself.”
Rajon Rondo expected to run the game for the Bulls when he decided to sign up with them. But perhaps, the team hoped his playing style would work with the likes of Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler. But all that seems clear now- it isn’t working due to their overlapping skills.
“I was very cautious this summer, where I chose to play,” Rajon Rondo said in a report by SBNation. “What I was told in the meeting … it’s a little different (now) from what I was told. That’s all I can say.”
From what he’s been told, he expected to run the show as he did with the Boston Celtics. “That’s what I do best,” Rondo added. “I managed how to get three Hall of Famers the ball and keep everybody happy. All I have is two this year (Wade and, presumably, Butler) and I had one (presumably, DeMarcus Cousins) last year. It’s pretty simple. That’s what I do. I run the show.”
Not working as expected for Rajon Rondo
Rondo requested a meeting with higher management to discuss his situation. So far, no clear message has been derived of it. If he doesn’t get valuable minutes, Rajon Rondo says he’d rather be traded before the deadline. It remains to be seen if the Bulls are willing to maintain him merely as a backup point guard in spite of his salary.
If Rajon Rondo gets traded, the Cavs are a possible taker. It’s been well documented how LeBron James has been scouring for a back up point guard to Kyrie Irving. Perhaps Rondo would reconsider this role, for being in a championship team.
Rajon Rondo as future head coach
Rondo may have built up a reputation for being difficult. He’s had run-ins with coaches George Karl and Rick Carlisle, but he isn’t a nuisance to a team either. Perhaps, when he retires as an active player he’ll get the chance to implement his own rules from the other side of the team.
“I’ve been preparing to coach since I left Boston, really,” Rajon Rondo said in a report by FoxSports. “I study all of my coaches. I watch the way they move, the timeouts they call, plays they draw up out of timeouts, how they run practices, speeches they give. I’m trying to follow it all. I see how players gravitate toward different coaches.
If Rondo intends to be a future coach then he has to practice more on his communication skills and take responsibility as a leader. He must try not to let things end in conflict, as it did with his other coaches, and former teammates in Sacramento that he’d slammed for their failures when he was still a member.
“It’s just, maybe, the personnel in this situation,” Rondo said when asked about his stint with Sacramento, according to USAToday. “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.”
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