Rajon Rondo produces a solo act, as if the Lakers need more sideshows | NBA
The competitive portion of LeBron James’ first season with the Lakers is over (see here for the particulars). The final month figures to be all about the drama.
Lakers guard Rajon Rondo added a subplot Wednesday night.
Rondo, one of the veterans brought in to be part of King James’ court, appeared to openly show dissatisfaction with the team’s state as it was losing at home to the Nuggets. He separated from his teammates in the final seconds — and not for the first time this season — and sat in an open courtside seat next to 2 Chainz and his family.
As James, coach Luke Walton and the rest of the squad awaited the final horn together, Rondo stewed on his own island.
Rondo’s gesture, on the night James passed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time points list, prompted a predictable condemnation from former NBA coaches Mark Jackson and Stan Van Gundy during and after ESPN’s broadcast of the game:
Mark Jackson rips Rajon Rondo and Lakers leadership during broadcast pic.twitter.com/iXTfOpBnml
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 7, 2019
Rondo figures to be a short-timer no matter where he seats himself (he can become a free agent in July), but the response to his sitdown holds intrigue. The bigger plotlines you already know, but you can’t dare to ignore them:
— Walton’s job status. Is the former James teammate one and done as Bron’s floor boss? Who would be next? Jackson’s name comes up a lot.
— James waiting for that second star to join him. Anthony Davis may or may not be walking through that door.
— Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka’s ability/inability to make such a move happen.
— Which young players will return? Will they be sacrificed to get that star?
All of the above will drive the early portion of this show’s next season. The coming month has the potential to be a delightful lead-in.