Rajon Rondo is feeling some of the aftereffects of not having a true backup point guard. He's tired. He's struggling.
But help is on the way.
Delonte West has indicated that he plans to make his return from a sprained ankle when the Celtics take on the Pacers Wednesday. And though he feels healthy enough to play, he told CSNNE's Carolyn Manno that he is still experiencing some discomfort.
"I'm not a 100 percent," West said. "But I'm able to play and perform so I'm looking forward to it.
"I don't think I'm gonna be 100 percent at all this year," he added. "I've been told that the wrist is gonna take another six months to recover, still don't have rotation. The ankle is a little sore, but no more sore than any other player is playing with right now."
West, who has played in just eight games this season, explained that his mental toughness has helped him during his rehab and will continue to push him as he plays through pain.
"I'm strong here," West said, pointing to his head. "Where the mind go, the body gonna follow."
Then, West described the benefits of dealing with diversity as only he can.
"These type of rough patches," he said, "is what molds coal into diamonds."
Former Celtics and current Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo is up to his old tricks, apparently.
The Bulls have suspended Rondo for Monday’s game due to conduct detrimental to the team, with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical saying that the suspension is the result of a “heated exchange” the 30-year-old had with a Bulls assistant during or after the team’s 107-82 loss to the Mavericks Saturday.
Rondo clashing with others is nothing new. He once shattered a television on which the Celtics were showing him game footage to critique him and had to be carried out kicking and screaming by Kevin Garnett. Chris Sheridan reported in 2013 that Doc Rivers had an “intense dislike” for Rondo and that the two almost fought.
After being traded out of Boston, Rondo was suspended for a game by the Mavericks after a shouting match with Rick Carlisle. Last December, he was suspended for calling referee Bill Kennedy a homophobic slur, leading to Kennedy coming out as gay.
Interestingly enough, there's something of a pattern of Rondo's bigger infractions occuring in games against former teams. The Kennedy incident came in a game against the Celtics, while this recent one was against Dallas.
This is the first season of a two-year, $28 million Rondo signed with the Bulls in the offseason. He is averaging 8.2 points per game, 7.2 assists per game and 6.7 rebounds a night.
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