Rondo has been linked with an exit this summer…
Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo has insisted that things are “back to normal” between him and coach Rick Carlisle.
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Rondo served a one-game suspension after his altercation with Carlisle during the win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, and it was reported that the pair had been involved in a second argument in the locker room after the game.
The Mavs star was benched for the final 20 minutes of that game as Dallas came back to win, and Carlisle insisted in his post-game press conference that it was a decision he took because he felt it gave his team the best possible chance of winning.
While Rondo refused to answer questions on Tuesday before missing out on the next game, he has insisted that all is forgotten and the Mavs are back on track and focusing on their pursuit of a championship this season.
“Everything is back to normal now,” Rondo told reports, ESPN reports.
“I just got built-up frustration. I take a lot of the blame for what I’ve been doing on the court, but just a little frustrated. The most important thing is communication with Coach. I’ve talked to a lot of the coaches, I’ve talked to a lot of staff members.
“Coach and I, when I first got here, we were talking a lot and watching film after every game. He’s backed off a little bit with the addition of Amar’e [Stoudemire], trying to help get him up to speed. Our communication was great at first. Not that it wasn’t so great, but it’s just that we weren’t communicating enough. That shouldn’t be the case the rest of the season.”
Rondo arrived in Dallas back in December as part of a trade deal with the Boston Celtics, but it has been speculated that he will consider his options this summer when he becomes a free agent.
The 29-year-old has been linked with a switch to the Los Angeles Lakers for some time, with Kobe Bryant insisting at the time of his move to Dallas that he wasn’t done recruiting him yet.