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March 8, 2015 Updates

Q: How do you reflect on your one-game suspension with the Mavericks after having the argument with Carlisle during a game? Rondo: "The situation happened and everyone was like, 'Oh, he doesn't want to be here now.' I get into it with all my coaches. It goes back to [Oak Hill Academy coach] Steve Smith, [his former Kentucky coach] Tubby Smith. It's actually funny. The day me and Rick had an altercation, Tubby came in our locker room and kind of surprised me. Me and Tubby used to get into it and he says I'm his favorite player he ever coached. Yahoo! Sports

"[Louisville Eastern High coach Doug] Bibby and I used to get into it all the time. He benched me like 20 times. He's my mentor and now we talk every day. I still call [his former Boston Celtics coach] Doc [Rivers] for advice every once in a while. It's part of it. Its just life. It's like a marriage. You are not always going to like your wife, you are going to have your arguments, but you are not going to throw in the towel. "I'm on [television] like I committed a crime. Two men had a disagreement. Obviously, we didn't handle it the right way. Obviously, regardless of how it goes down it's always going to be the player's fault, and I took responsibility. But it's a two-way street and we're moving on from that." Yahoo! Sports

Q: What type of relationship do you have with Carlisle now? Rondo: "I have probably talked to Rick more than I talked to any coach in my career whether it's watching film, trying to get me up to speed, what he expects out of me, what he would like to see me do more, what he wants me to get away from. It's pretty much an ongoing thing. Doc communicated. [Celtics coach] Brad Stevens and I communicated. I guess because of the transition Rick has been pretty hands on working with my shot and watching film. He is texting me all the time. Before meetings, we always watch film and talk about game schemes, the little things we like to do and work on today. It's fine." Yahoo! Sports

March 7, 2015 Updates
March 4, 2015 Updates

Rondo is expected to demand a max contract, which league sources say he’s unlikely to get in a full offer kind of way, suggesting a team might go max dollars on a smaller-year deal. Dallas has said they want to keep him and see him as a long-term fit; however, there is real doubt that’s a smart move. Basketball Insiders

March 3, 2015 Updates

"Our focus is a lot more on the defensive end of the floor," Rondo said after the Mavs' 102-93 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. "Offense never wins championships. Scoring 108 or whatever we were scoring means nothing if you're giving up 105 or 110. "I've been trying to preach defense and get on the same page defensively as a team and just string continuous stops together. Not just trading baskets, getting two or three stops in a row, and that's what we did tonight to open up a lead in the second half." ESPN.com

March 1, 2015 Updates
February 28, 2015 Updates

“I’m going to do what’s best for the team and play my heart out for these next 22 games we have left, and (help) make a run in the playoffs,” Rondo matter-of-factly said. He added: “We’ve moved forward and our team has moved forward, and we’ve got a game to look forward to tomorrow. … You know, I’m playing with some great players, with the addition of Amar’e now, and I think we’ve got a great chance to win a championship. So, that’s my main focus. I’m going to continue to work to get better and do what’s best to lead this team.” mavs.com

February 27, 2015 Updates

The next day the Mavericks suspended Rondo from Wednesday’s game in Atlanta without pay. Carlisle then said Rondo will be back at practice Friday and in the starting lineup Saturday when the Mavericks (39-21) host the Brooklyn Nets (23-32). “I think it should be over quick,” center Tyson Chandler said. “I think the communication between the two of them will be better because of this. No more walking on egg shells either way.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In recent private conversations with some of his most recent Celtics teammates, the word was strong that, while “he had his moments,” Rondo was not a divisive force around the club. Still, his removal altered the roster and the dressing room. Boston Herald

February 26, 2015 Updates

"If anything, it should make the team stronger," Mavs locker room leader Tyson Chandler said after Rondo served his one-game suspension in Wednesday's 104-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. "For one, it should make those two have better communication. They're not familiar with each other, so I think for the first couple of whatever all parties are tip-toeing. "Not against each other, but two guys who are competitors, who want to win, sometimes it's better that you have a little blowout. It lets you know that you're on the same page, that you want to win." ESPN.com

Rondo’s first coach in Boston, Doc Rivers, echoed similar sentiments about the incident. “It happens more, hopefully, in the locker room, but it happens,” Rivers, who now coaches the Los Angeles Clippers, told reporters on Wednesday. “They’re both winners. They’ll figure it out, I really believe that. Rick Carlisle has proven he’s a championship coach. Rondo has proven he’s a championship point guard. You have two champions. You just figure at some point, they’ll figure it out. The fact it was out in the open gives us all something to talk about.” CSNNE.com

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