Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo clearly do not like being benched four games in a row with no clear explanation. Bulls’ officials say that the decision to bench Rondo was to “save him from himself.”
Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reported that Rondo did not like the sound of the Bulls comment on his current situation. The 30-year old four-time NBA All-Star even commented that the team’s explanation is a total BS. It is if to say they would rather trade him than keep him for the duration of his contract.
Rondo signed a two-year, $28.1 million contract with the Bulls not mentioning $700,000 in incentives. The contract includes a $3 million guaranteed if not waived on or before June 30. But the problem mainly is communication between Rondo and the management is suffering from a weak signal.
Why bench Rondo?
Even the Bulls management could not simply explain why they have to bench their veteran playmaker. The Bulls have started to bench Rondo since Dec. 30 and has not been in the team’s rotation. Even Bulls’ coach Fred Hoiberg joins the fray, playing Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant into his rotation.
Rondo told ESPN that there was never a “clear cut message” about him getting more minutes off the bench. But Rondo stated he will let his agent talk with the Bulls’ front office before they would make any decisions. He even reiterated Hoiberg’s “we will see” comment as regards to moving on from the Bulls after this season.
“I’m leaving that talk for my agent [Bill Duffy] and for them guys [Forman and Paxson] to talk,” Rondo said. “We’ll see. I just want to work on my game and continue to get better.”
Rondo struggles with his time on the floor as he competes with Jimmy Butler for the point guard position. He only averages 7.2 points per game which are clearly short of his 10.8 career average points. Rondo sees signs of relief playing in their game against the Wizards. Coming off the bench, Rondo scored 12 points in their 101-99 loss.
Rondo’s teammates says he is being “professional”
Despite uncertainty in Rondo’s future with the Bulls, his teammates especially Dwyane Wade sees a different Rondo. He says Rondo is handling everything “professionally” and has been a contributor even on the bench. Wade added Rondo wants to compete every given time and stresses they stick with one another no matter what.
“He’s been in a great place with his teammates,” Wade said. “That’s all you can ask for. Obviously, you don’t expect him being jolly that he’s not playing the game that he loves. But when it comes to his teammates, he’s been great. He’s been staying in it, keeps talking to guys.”
Clearly, the Bulls and Rondo need to fix their communication if they really indeed want to “move forward.” The whole “benching” issue is not good to have especially if they aim for a playoff spot.
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