Rajon Rondo has been making the media rounds during the NBA Finals, and has given us plenty of news to digest. It turns out things weren't great in the Kings locker room last season. I'll pause for a moment while you digest this shocking news. The picture Rondo paints isn't pretty, and there's likely to be plenty of truth in there, but keep in mind that Rondo is currently positioning himself as a free agent.
Some of the juicier Rondo bits, via ESPN:
"There were too many distractions on and off the court. The organization as a whole, I don't think was together completely. I think as a team you have to want the best for the next man beside you, and that wasn't the case with the Sacramento Kings," he said.
I don't disagree with this. The Kings dealt with a lot of distractions last year as the front office never seemed to get on the same page as the coaching staff, and we witnessed media battles between factions of the ownership group.
"Too much tension. I've never witnessed or experienced a thing like that in my 10-year career," he said.
Ok hold up. This is coming from Rajon Rondo, whose stint with the Dallas Mavericks was so poisoned that the team pretended Rondo was injured and banished him from the team in the middle of a playoff series. The team voted that Rondo shouldn't receive a playoff share, something that is nearly unprecedented. But, sure, ok, whatever. Let's move on.
As for his free-agent options this summer, Rondo said, "I want to see myself in a situation where guys want to grow, guys want to get better. I don't want to be the hardest-working guy in the gym."
Asked if he felt that way with the Kings, he said, "at times I did."
Are you kidding me? Rondo, by all accounts, wasn't a poison in the locker room or anything of that sort. But, uh, man. I guess Rondo's matador defense was him being the hardest working guy on the team. Who knew? Ok, one more.
Rondo said he wants his next landing spot to feature "guys that want to work and win" and are "willing to sacrifice, continue to grow, get better, go outside their comfort zone."
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Ok. Cool story, Rondo.
For what it's worth, Rondo did speak highly of Cousins in the interview. But he spent most of his time sounding like a guy not planning on returning to Sacramento, and actively positioning himself as a free agent. But go read the interview, maybe I'm reading it wrong. Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think.