Rondo found more well-wishers lingering outside the Sacramento locker room when he was the final player to head to the team bus. He said he still keeps in touch with those who were here with him longest and wished the team well moving forward. “I sent Avery a text after the big shot he made the other day [in Cleveland],” said Rondo. “My young guys Kelly [Olynyk], Jared [Sullinger]. A lot of these guys are my rookies. So it’s good to see these guys playing well. I wish them health and happiness and to continue to play and try to take the East.”
Even before the Celtics hung 46 first-quarter and 74 first-half points on his team, Kings coach George Karl gushed about them. Karl may be running low on supporters in Sacramento — at least in the team’s front office — but he’s winning over supporters in Boston (or maybe just atoning for his post-world championships verbal sparring with Paul Pierce back in 2002). “Coach Stevens does a great job of pushing buttons and keeping everyone highly motivated,” said Karl. “They’re a fun team. I watched three films on them. The Cleveland game — because we play Cleveland [Monday] — [and] I’ll tell you what, they have a chance against Cleveland.”
The normally mild-mannered Knicks coach Derek Fisher shot back at Rondo, who made comments in Brooklyn on Friday that the triangle offense isn’t for him when discussing his free agency. When asked before the Knicks-Nuggets game about Rondo’s remark and if it concerns him to hear that from an elite player, Fisher said: “That’s your decision on whether or not he’s elite or not. You can’t ask him when he wasn’t very successful playing against [the triangle] whether or not he wants to play in it. That’s his opinion. That’s fine. He doesn’t play for us. We’re not concerned about his opinion about us at this point.’’