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KC Johnson: Hoiberg said he has been giving Rondo an index card with an offensive package for that game and Rondo is making “a lot of calls on the fly.” This is how Hoiberg prefers his PGs to play—instinctively, making reads, not reliant on calls from sideline.
Nick Friedell: Rondo acknowledged that night to night the PG’s aren’t sure who is playing. They’re just taking it day by day.
KC Johnson: Goes without saying but Jerian Grant now starting at PG only solidifies Rondo’s desire to be elsewhere. Bulls have tried 2 starters over him now. This will be Jerian Grant’s 6th start. He also has 8 DNP-CD games. This is one weird Bulls team.
TMZ Sports spotted Rondo getting into a private car at his hotel before the Bulls played the Wizards — while the team bus was parked right outside. The timing is interesting since Rondo has voiced serious displeasure with Hoiberg over his recent 5 game benching. But a rep for the Bulls tells TMZ Sports there’s a perfectly good explanation for Rondo traveling solo. “On game days, Rajon often goes to the arena early before the team bus departs the hotel. We have few players who will do this when they want to get in extra work pregame.”
“They (media members) can drill me for the next four or five minutes,” Rondo said when there was a pause. “I haven’t had this much attention in awhile. I appreciate this. “Playing for the Bulls, playing for big organizations, like Boston, you’re going to be judged from Day One,” said Rondo. “It’s part of it. You signed up for it. I don’t mind being judged or pressure being put on myself. People have been counting me out since Day One. That doesn’t matter about being in a box. It’s not a great feeling as a player to play like that. You’re only as good as your coach thinks you are. That’s a big part of each individual’s success in the NBA. You look at James Harden and the year he’s having. (Mike) D’Antoni turned over the keys to him and he’s having his best year ever with the right personnel around him. Certain guys got an opportunity to shine and play without restraint and certain guys will rise to the occasion. And some won’t. Just trying to get a win.”
Taj Gibson: “It was great to have Rajon back on the floor.” Notes his coaching ability as a veteran player.
KC Johnson: Rondo: “You’re only as good as your coach thinks you are. That’s a big part of each individual’s success in the NBA.”
Rondo acknowledges “it’s a lot different than I anticipated” while discussing his role on the team. Doesn’t want to get into specifics, but clearly frustrated by being taken out of rotation.
Vincent Goodwill: Mirotic out with the flu. Rajon Rondo will be the first sub off the bench tonight
If Rondo ultimately plays with the second unit, Hoiberg may have to stagger Dwyane Wade’s minutes differently as he and Rondo haven’t paired effectively. “I’m not going to say that,” Rondo said, when asked if his strengths as a player are offset by the roster construction. “Am I going to think it? I thought a lot the last 24 hours. I thought a lot all season. I’m trying to figure out a way to help this team grow and get some wins.”
KC Johnson: Rondo indeed met w/ Gar Forman & John Paxson late Saturday. Save for Boylen incident, front office has lauded Rondo’s professionalism. Rondo told reporters he’d keep working, which is what meeting centered on. Hoiberg hasn’t ruled out using him w/ 2nd unit at some point. If Rondo remains out of rotation in February, would look for movement then. Until then, status quo.
Vincent Goodwill: One big thing from Rondo: “(Fred) said said I would be able to call a lot of plays.” Said things changed
KC Johnson: Does Rondo agree with Hoiberg that he’s slow? “I disagree. But that’s part of it. He’s the head coach. And we’re going to go with that.”
Vincent Goodwill: Rondo on explanation from Hoiberg: “Told me I’ve been looking slow the last five games.” Do you agree? “I disagree.”
Nick Friedell: Rondo, on if he feels he’s been singled out: “I’m Rajon Rondo. It is what it is.”
“It’s been really good,” Hoiberg said about his relationship with Rondo. “I talked to several coaches that had Rondo, who have been around him, including Rick Carlisle, who I played for in Indiana; he was an assistant under Larry Bird. He actually was the first guy who came up and talked to me after the trade happened and he said it’s going to be great. He said, ‘I think you guys have the perfect personalities for each other.’ From the minute we signed him and he came to Chicago, I knew he had a chance to be successful. He was very bought in to what we were trying to do, he wanted to come in and watch film; we worked a lot with his shot early in the process and he was around our guys and from the very first moment you could tell guys were going to gravitate toward him because of his voice, his veteran presence. Like all players, you learn a lot from the different situations you have been through. I’m sure that’s the case with Rajon.
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November 18, 2017 | 9:06 pm EST Update
The Orlando Magic will not hold their annual summer league in Orlando next year and will participate instead in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, team officials told the Orlando Sentinel. The decision is a radical departure for the Magic, who ran and managed their own summer league in Central Florida 14 times since 2002.
NBA officials prefer to have all 30 teams participate in the Las Vegas event. “We want to do what’s right for the team, for our players,” Weltman said. “But that being said, when the large portion of the league is there [in Las Vegas], it does kind of create an environment where you want your young guys to be a part of what the league is about. So there is that added component.”
Eddie Sefko: Jason Terry on Mavericks drafting Shane Larkin in 2013 instead of Greek Freak: “They needed a point guard, that’s what it was. And Giannis played the 4. You couldn’t foresee what he would become because he was so raw and there wasn’t enough footage on him. “It’s easy to say now.”
November 18, 2017 | 7:24 pm EST Update
Robert Morales: #Lakers center Brook Lopez did not realize he got his 1,000th career block Friday: “It’s pretty cool. I’ve always prided myself on being a shot-blocker. It’s something my twin brother and I have always taken to heart and looked to do on the court since we were very little.”