Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo has admitted that it is “an honour” that Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is pushing for him to join him next season.
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Bryant has made no secret of how highly he regards the former Boston Celtics star, and despite denials from both men after a meeting earlier this year in Boston, it is understood that the Lakers veteran has made it clear of his intentions to try and recruit him.
While Kobe failed in his first attempt with Rondo moving to Dallas, it is widely expected that he will try again in the summer and Rondo is humbled by it.
“When he speaks, it speaks volumes,” Rondo said, according to ESPN.
“It’s an honor and a compliment that he’d want to play with a guy like me, but right now, I’m focused on winning a championship with the Dallas Mavericks.”
Rondo reiterated his point several times during the media interview that he is focused on what he is trying to achieve this season as ultimately it is impossible for him to play with Bryant right now.
The Lakers star will enter his 20th season in the league next year as he looks to make a complete recovery from shoulder surgery in time for training camp, and it is expected that it will be his last in the NBA with his current contract set to expire.
With Bryant and Rondo getting on so well and with the former insisting in January that he wasn’t done recruiting him, there will undoubtedly be further developments in this story when the Mavs’ season comes to a close.