The Dallas Mavericks (10-7) went all in last season. That’s good, right? Of course you want your team to do whatever it takes to win an NBA Championship. Of course. However, they invested in the wrong guy. Not because he’s a problem for whatever Coach he plays for…at any level. Not because he can’t shoot. Not because he’s a ball-dominant guard and fit horrendously alongside Monta Ellis.
Because he quit.
On April 22nd Rick Carlisle said Rajon Rondo “won’t wear a Mavericks jersey again” after Rondo picked up two fouls and a technical just 34 seconds into the second half of Game 2 against the Houston Rockets. Yeah, a playoff game. He quit.
The #@$% quit.
The “I Hate You” tour started with DeAndre Jordan and the Los Angeles Clippers, now it moves on to the Sacramento Kings (6-12). Of course Mavericks fans will get their cracks at him in person on January 5th, but tonight is the first time that Rajon Rondo will face off against the Mavs after literally walking away from the team.
In 46 games with the Mavs, Rondo averaged 9.3 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds. Not terrible numbers, but not the kind of numbers you go all in and trade a first round pick, Jae Crowder and Brandan Wright for. In 22 games with a far inferior 2014-15 Boston Celtics team, Rondo averaged 8.3/10.8/7.5.
As much as I hate Rondo for how he handled the situation (and how he played), I’m still shocked to this day that Mark Cuban, Donnie Nelson and company thought he would be a good fit in Rick Carlisle’s space-based offense. Shocked.
Anyway, Rondo quit on the Mavs and because it’s professional sports he got $9.5 million dollars to play for the Sacramento Kings.
My focus has obviously been on the former Maverick Rondo, but here’s a Kings recap in one sentence: They have the best center in the league inDeMarcus Cousins, and are doing everything in their power to drive him away. If only we had some pieces to trade. Like that pick we gave for Rondo!
Mavericks: J.J. Barea (ankle) Out
Kings: DeMarcus Cousins (back) Questionable
Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, 17.1
Kings: DeMarcus Cousins, 27.9 (4th in NBA)
Mavericks: Zaza Pachulia, 9.5
Kings: DeMarcus Cousins, 11.2 (6th in NBA)
Mavericks: Deron Williams, 5.6
Kings: Rajon Rondo, 11 (1st in NBA – vomit)
Mavericks: Dwight Powell, 0.8
Kings: DeMarcus Cousins, 1.5
Mavericks: Deron Williams, 1.4
Kings: Rajon Rondo, 1.8 (projectile vomit)
Personal Note: Nancy Lieberman is an assistant for the Sacramento Kings with Dallas ties. After Becky Hammon (San Antonio Spurs), she is the second female coach in NBA history. She could be the interim Head Coach if/when George Karl is fired. She is a friend, a mentor and one of the purest, greatest people I have and will ever know. I am hoping for this. Also this.