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Rondo’s physical gifts are undeniable. His long arms can leave those foolish enough to try grasping for air—like the video of Rondo toying with Trey Burke. But the narrative on Rondo changed from being the “difficult but worth it” type to “problem child” seemingly overnight, and he’s self-aware enough to know exactly where it comes from. Even if you stumble through your words trying to find the right way to phrase the question about his reputation, Rondo sees mercy and helps you out. “We can say it: Rick Carlisle,” he says bluntly. “It was a learning process in itself.”
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“Rick ran things differently,” Rondo says. In Boston, “I could call a play on one side of the floor and flip it on the opposite side to confuse the defense. In the beginning [in Dallas] I just had to bite my tongue with how things were run because they won there and I won [before]. “The incident that everybody blew up, Rick and I were on different pages on that particular day.” The two had disagreements in the Playoffs a couple years back, a situation both parties should find regrettable. But the reputation has followed only Rondo. Has it affected him negatively? “Absolutely.”
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Kidd, who overcame the nickname “Ason Kidd” (no J…) by sinking the fifth most three-pointers in NBA history, knows a little about dealing with a reputation and believes public perception of Rondo should change immediately. “We label everybody and labels tend to not be easily erased,” Kidd says. “The perception of ‘can’t shoot’ can follow you, ‘not coachable’ follows you. It’s the unfortunate thing. I think Rondo is one of the best at what he does. What always comes up: Is he coachable? He’s a basketball player and does what he does at a high level. He’s a champion. It shouldn’t be a question.”
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Allen Crabbe says Sunday’s practice was not unusual when it comes to the group being lost in laughter. There have been film sessions and other practices where mishaps stop the action so everybody can laugh. “Man, I laugh every day with this team,’’ Ed Davis said. “Every day. Over something … something in practice, something on the plane, it doesn’t matter. There’s always something.’’ The great thing about it, players say, is the coaches are often a part of it. “Our coaches feel like they are part of the team,’’ Plumlee said. “Laughing is good for the soul.’’