(Ed. Note: Story has been updated with clarification that Rondo was indeed pulling a fast one)
Before we all lose our collective minds over what Rajon Rondo told Cowbell Kingdom about his relationship with George Karl, I want to at least leave the door open for the possibility that this was one big giant troll job on Rondo’s part. That was my initial thought when I saw the interview. Take a look at the video and make your own judgment.
Rajon Rondo, Via Cowbell Kingdom
Here is the quote in question.
Rajon Rondo, on his relationship with George Karl -
It’s not been going too well. We got into a couple of arguments the last couple of days, but hopefully we continue to talk and get better.
If we are to take these comments at face value, they are neither encouraging, nor season ending.
Rajon Rondo got into frequent arguments with Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle. George Karl isn’t exactly the easiest coach to get along with, so none if this is out of the realm of possibility. If the relationship isn’t good, at least we can take solace in the fact that it isn’t affecting his play.
You could also argue that if Rondo is indeed joking, now is not exactly the best time, but I’m not going to tell him what to do.
We’ve had exactly zero follow up from Rondo, the Kings, or anyone inside, so that one clip is all we’ve got. Some context would be beneficial. Stay tuned.
UPDATE 10:17 AM:
It appears Rondo was joking according to multiple reporters around the Kings.
Hearing that Rondo's comments in the locker room last night were tongue and cheek. Should had clarified, but he thought it was understood.— James Ham (@James_Ham) October 14, 2015
As I first thought I've learned that Rajon Rondo's comments about George Karl last night were purely in jest! This is an absolute non story!— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) October 14, 2015
This is also a great example of why amateurs shouldn't be conducting interviews in pro lockerrooms. Learn the business first so this (cont)— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) October 14, 2015
...type of firestorm can be avoided. A simple follow up question or questions would of sufficed. Should of Rajon handled the ? that way...— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) October 14, 2015
...probably not, but you can tell the reporter was nervous and Rajon played him. Again folks..this is an absolute non story!— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) October 14, 2015
After a bit of research, I have confirmed that Rondo's comments last night were completely in jest. This is his dry sense of humor at work.— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) October 14, 2015
I can report that the Kings family is in great health, and Rondo and Karl get along just peachy. I would expect them to echo that today.— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) October 14, 2015
I would say that Rondo's deadpan may not have been the best course of action, also a follow-up question would've been appropriate.— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) October 14, 2015
UPDATE 1:23 PM:
Kings PG Rajon Rondo tells reporters he was joking and that he and George Karl do not have issues. pic.twitter.com/2ph5FW68E1— Deuce Mason (@DeuceMason) October 14, 2015
"You’re being tricked. Rondo is hilarious. My relationship with Rondo is so good, if it gets better, I’d get scared." -George Karl— James Ham (@James_Ham) October 14, 2015
"Anyone that knows me, I have a dry sense of humor, I can keep a straight face when I’m joking. Nothing between George and I." -Rajon Rondo— James Ham (@James_Ham) October 14, 2015