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The feeling in league circles going back to before Rondo was traded to the Mavs in December was that he was eyeing the Los Angeles Lakers as his free-agent destination in July. The way his brief tenure has unfolded in Dallas, nothing has happened to change those opinions. Remember that infamous breakfast in Boston that Rondo and Kobe Bryant shared in December? The one that Rondo later described as, "just two a-holes having breakfast?" Bryant's take on it was a little more detailed. "We get along extremely well," Bryant said. "We see the game in a similar fashion in terms of our aggressiveness and our mindset. It's good to get together with him." CBSSports.com

A snarling Carlisle stomped onto the court and angrily jammed his hands together in the T signal, focused on getting the attention of the recently acquired point guard who had been ignoring him. He ranted across the court at Rondo, screaming at him about blowing off a play call from the sideline. After Rondo responded by loudly and profanely informing Carlisle that he'd call the plays, the take-no-bull coach told the stubborn point guard to "sit the f--- down," pointing toward the bench where Rondo spent the rest of the late February game watching the Mavs pull off a comeback win over the Toronto Raptors. ESPN.com

The argument continued through the dead ball. At times assistant coach Jamahl Mosley's body seemed to be the only thing preventing Rondo from getting in Carlisle's face. That ultimately happened in the locker room after the game, when Rondo and Carlisle went nose to nose in a heated exchange that made the talk during the timeout seem like Sunday tea. ESPN.com

The friction between Kidd and Carlisle never made SportsCenter, but it was obvious to everyone in the organization. "Rick and Jason used to get into it about the exact same thing except Jason's demeanor was so quiet that a lot of times people didn't know that they were arguing," former Mavs center Brendan Haywood, who joined the team in 2009, remembers. "They had an argument on the bench with four-letter words going back and forth, but no one knew because of Jason's demeanor." ESPN.com

The similarities are obvious. Like Kidd, Rondo arrived in Dallas as a point guard with two Finals trips, multiple assists titles, several All-Star appearances and dozens of triple-doubles on his resume, as well as a well-chronicled history of clashing with coaches. Carlisle, however, discourages the comparison. "It's just two totally different people and two totally different players," Carlisle said that night in his hotel suite. "I have full respect for what Rondo has done in this league. I have great respect for it, but it's apples and oranges to a very large degree. While there are similarities, there are way more differences." ESPN.com

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