Rajon Rondo doesn’t want to play for Rick Carlisle and he made it clear with his body language in the Mavericks’ playoff game 2 against the Houston Rockets. It seems as if the Dallas Mavericks had to choose between the former All-Star champion point guard or the coach who helped bring them their 2011 championship title, Rick Carlisle.
The answer is really simple if you ask me if we’re having to choose between a top 3 coach in the NBA, Rick Carlisle, or a headcase of a point guard, Rajon Rondo. Now I’ve been a supporter of Rondo’s all season long and wanted the Mavericks to pull off the Rajon Rondo trade because it seemed like he was the missing piece, but no more if it comes in expense of Rick Carlisle.
Now we haven’t heard Rondo say this publicly and I don’t expect to but it certainly seems like Rondo gave the Mavericks an ultimatum on keeping him or Carlisle.
If that’s the offer on the table set by Rajon Rondo then it’s an easy choice for Dallas to make, Rick Carlisle will remain the head coach. Rick Carlisle is considered one of the best coaches in the NBA and the only coach to help deliver an NBA championship to the city of Dallas. He’s done more with less than any other coach in the NBA and has a habit of getting the most productivity out of his players.
Rajon Rondo is a champion in his own right but he certainly hasn’t played like it on a consistent basis with the Mavericks. While Rondo has shown flashes of his old self the last couple weeks of the regular season he certainly hasn’t shown it in these playoffs and has been at odds end with Rick Carlisle for much of his duration with the Mavs.
Rick Carlisle and Rajon Rondo are both highly intelligent minds on and off the court and both see the offense being ran a certain way, their own way. It was a reason why Carlisle and Jason Kidd intially got into arguments over certain plays and heated arguments but Kidd never quit on the team much like it seems Rondo has now done. Carlisle let go of the reins with Kidd when he gained trust in him and it seems as if that trust has never truly developed with Rondo.
Rondo has posted the worse +/- rating on the Mavs in the playoffs with an astonishing negative 25 in game 1 and minues 11 in game 2. He also posted the worst player rating in the regular season as well and his lack of a consistent jumpshot has been a cog in the Mavericks offense and made it easier for teams to defend. Rondo doesn’t seem to have the same athleticism that use to create nightmares for opposing offensive players but that no longer seems to be the case and as a result has become more of a liability than anything else. Or maybe it’s for a lack of effort because he was unhappy here but no matter the reasoning he’s not producing like a max type of player.
“No, I don’t.” Rick Carlisle told reporters on if he sees Rondo returning to the team next season.
Rajon Rondo has severely hurt his stock and is not deserving of the max dollars he’s looking for this off-season and if the Los Angeles Lakers want to break the bank for his services then good riddance.
That being said I still would’ve pulled the trigger on the Rondo trade every single time because the Mavericks were simply not good enough prior to the trade. Sure the Mavericks were a juggernaut offensively but that was against one of the NBA’s friendliest early schedules and it wouldn’t have been sustainable throughout the year. Also the defensive was as terrible as the offense was good so the Mavericks NEEDED to take a shot and they did credit them with that it just hasn’t panned out.
I’m fully confident in the notion that if everyone on this Mavericks roster was on the same page, including Rondo, they’d be one of the elite teams in the NBA but that certainly doesn’t seem to be the case. Rondo and Monta Ellis have both had their fair share of drama with the organization this season and at this point it’s hard to tell which one is even deserving of the money they’re looking to get paid.
It’s not like an off-season doesn’t give Rick Carlisle and the Mavs enough time to work the kinks out with Rondo in the lineup but it seems as if Rondo has no intentions on even getting that far if Carlisle remains at the helm.
The Mavericks front office and myself made a mistake with the Rajon Rondo trade believing it would lead to championship in the future but egos have gotten in the way of what could’ve been a magnificent season. The talent is there but the heart and discipline is not there and it starts with the floor general, Rajon Rondo.
Rondo has cost him millions of dollars with his antics and if the Los Angeles Lakers want him then good riddance. Rajon Rondo has been ruled out indefinitely because of a “back injury”, but don’t hold your breath. At this point, J.J. Barea, Devin Harris, and Raymond Felton give the Mavs their best shot at making this a series.