George Karl has yet to spend an entire season as head coach of the Sacramento Kings, but his already tumultuous tenure took another turn Tuesday when point guard Rajon Rondo admitted he and Karl have started to clash.
Rondo had this to say when asked about his relationship with Karl by Cowbell Kingdom: "It's not been going too well. We got into a couple arguments the last couple of days. Hopefully, we continue to talk, and it will get better."
Here is a video of the entire interview:
Despite the eyebrow-raising nature of Rondo's comments, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee said it was a joke Rondo has been using since July. James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom said the comments were "tongue and cheek."
"Anyone that knows me, I have a dry sense of humor, I can keep a straight face when I’m joking," Rondo said, per Ham. "Nothing between George and I."
"You’re being tricked," Karl said, via Ham. "Rondo is hilarious. My relationship with Rondo is so good, if it gets better, I’d get scared."
The 29-year-old Rondo is a four-time All-Star who enjoyed a great deal of success with the Boston Celtics, but things went downhill for him after he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks last season.
Rondo and Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle were never on the same page, which resulted in Carlisle deciding to deactivate the 2008 NBA champion during the playoffs. Despite the red flags, general manager Vlade Divac and Sacramento decided to take a chance on Rondo in the offseason.
Brian Geltzeiler of SiriusXM NBA Radio doesn't appear especially shocked by what has transpired considering Rondo's track record:
Michael Dugat of Fox Sports Southwest suggested Rondo might have an overly high opinion of himself and what he brings to the table:
Rondo averaged just 8.9 points and 7.9 assists per game last season, but he can still be a special player, as evidenced by this pass he made during Tuesday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers:
Rondo may not be entirely to blame for his disagreements with his new head coach, as it has been well-documented that Karl and Kings center DeMarcus Cousins have been on shaky ground since Karl took over with 30 games remaining last season.
Sacramento has a decent roster with Rondo, Cousins, Rudy Gay, Willie Cauley-Stein, Darren Collison and Ben McLemore, but the Kings haven't been to the postseason since the 2005-06 season.
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