The biggest shame of all the recent Sacramento Kings chaos, aside from the fact that our beloved team may be circling the drain for yet another season, is that some genuinely amazing stories are being missed. Take, for instance, Rajon Rondo. When the Kings signed Rondo, many expected he would be the cause of distress in the locker room. After a bad stint with the Dallas Mavericks, it was easy to understand why. Rondo is known for being stubborn, and doesn't always mesh well with coaches.
But we haven't seen that Rondo. We've seen consummate professional Rondo. He hasn't been a problem with the locker room or the organization, aside from a quote taken in improper context during the preseason. He's been great. He seems to be getting along with Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. He seems to be getting along fine with George Karl. And, most importantly, Rondo has been playing incredible basketball.
Let's appreciate that Rondo has posted triple doubles in two of his past three games. In the other he posted 12 assists, eight points, and six rebounds. He's played all 48 minutes in the past two games. Neccessitated by injuries to Darren Collison and Seth Curry, Rondo singlehandedly filled the void, and did so at a high level. For the season, Rondo is averaging 10.9 points, 8.6 assists, and 6.8 rebounds per game. Per 36 minutes, those averages are 12.8, 9.1, and 7.2, respectively.
It's tough to appreciate the positives when there are so many negatives around the team right now. And we're still just nine games into this year. But let's appreciate what Rondo is doing, because it's fantastic.