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March 9, 2015 Updates
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Q: So you are open-minded to re-signing with Dallas? Rondo: "Why would I not be? There are a lot of things that I really love. Even the practices, we listen to music, my type of music. It's the little things. Say we are going to California, we will play Too $hort and West Coast music. If we are going to Houston we might play chop and screw, Bun B or something like that. If we are going to New Orleans we might play Lil Wayne at practice, during shooting 30 minutes before practice. It's a cool way they run it. We get our work in. Yahoo! Sports

Rajon Rondo said he "hasn't had a change of heart" about re-signing with the Dallas Mavericks since his argument with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. "People say I'm not trying to be here, but I don't talk to anybody but the five people that are in my circle," Rondo said. "I will vent to them about where I want to be. I'm happy. I'm in a great situation. The best thing is the weather. I miss my kids. I miss my family. That's hard, as well not having them and you come home after playing a bad game. They are always there to cheer you up. That's been difficult. "I haven't had a change of heart about wanting to be here. But I said that in Boston, too, and look what happened." Yahoo! Sports

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

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