The Rajon Rondo file has another suspension to the ledger, as he was suspended by the Bulls for one game for “conduct detrimental to the team” and will miss Monday night’s game against the Portland Trailblazers.
It’s the seventh incident in the past few years for Rondo where he’s been suspended by the NBA or the team he’s played for, which of course brings up queries as to the event in question.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg wouldn’t elaborate on what took place, only that he met with Rondo Sunday and that the two are on the same page. Saturday night, the Bulls lost in blowout fashion to the Dallas Mavericks, Rondo’s former team.
A source said he used some foul language to some assistant coaches, although he apologized afterwards to the team. One report said the assistant coach was Jim Boylen.
“He and I met yesterday, had a good meeting. He’ll meet us at the plane tonight,” Hoiberg said. “He’ll be back in uniform tomorrow night against Detroit and moving forward. As far as details guys, I’m not going to get in the details of it. We’re going to move past it, and again he’ll be back in uniform tomorrow.”
Hoiberg shut down every question about Rondo, only saying it wasn’t a physical altercation with any players or members of the coaching staff. With Rondo’s history of situations, Hoiberg said he understood the line of questioning but tried to walk the line of supporting the player as well.
“Sure, I understand that,” Hoiberg said. “But I’ll say this, Rajon, as we’ve all said, has been great. A great teammate. I’ve enjoyed the relationship that we developed, and again it’s not going to change moving forward.”
Rondo is averaging 8.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.7 rebounds in 17 games, and is coming off a poor showing against Dallas, where he had five turnovers and just two points, two rebounds and two assists.
[SHOP: Get your Bulls gear right here]
The Bulls play the Pistons Tuesday to complete their four games in five nights stretch, and Jerian Grant will start in Rondo’s place.
“(Rondo’s) been great. I think this is just another bump in the road,” said Jimmy Butler, who also wouldn’t elaborate on what led to the suspension. “He's a phenomenal damn teammate and I back him on everything.”
When asked whether he agreed with the organizational decision to suspend Rondo, Butler said: “It's not my job to agree or disagree.”
Butler positioned himself as a big Rondo backer Monday in speaking to the media, as the two were together for an NBA Cares event with Robin Lopez.
“I don't feel his reputation fits him at all. Rondo's an incredible basketball player, friend, brother to me now, to us,” Butler said. “I think we love him here. I think the fans love him as well, the organization, I think everyone has nothing but great things to say about him. I don't see where that reputation came from at all.”
Butler wouldn’t even admit to being disappointed about the situation, choosing to stay out of the fray and not issue any controversial statements.
“Nope. Not at all. These things happen, and when things happen you handle it the way you're supposed to handle it,” Butler said. “I think we all love Rondo. I know I do. He's been a great mentor to me, he's made me a much better basketball player. We've got to go out and get one tonight.”
The Bulls are suspending Rajon Rondo for one game.
The organization sent out a press release Monday morning with the announcement their point guard would miss Monday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers for conduct detrimental to the team.
Hoiberg on Rondo: "He and I met yesterday. Had a good meeting. He’ll meet us at the plane tonight. He’ll be back in uniform tomorrow."— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) December 5, 2016
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Rondon had a "heated exchange" with a Bulls coach after Saturday's 107-82 loss to the Mavericks in Dallas.
Rajon Rondo -- suspended for tonight's game -- had a "heated exchange" with a Bulls assistant in Mavericks loss, sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) December 5, 2016
Rondo apologized to the coach and accepted responsibility in the aftermath of Bulls suspension, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) December 5, 2016
Rondo's history is littered with behavioral issues.
[SHOP: Get your Bulls gear right here]
He was suspended by the NBA one game almost exactly a year ago for using a "derogatory and offensive term towards an official" as a member of the Sacramento Kings.
Rondo is averaging 8.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game this season in 17 contests.