All of that led Dallas to suspend Rondo for one game, Wednesday night in Atlanta, the team announced. The official reason is “conduct detrimental to the team.” This is pretty standard for Dallas, an organization big on team discipline.
The bigger question is how does all of this impact Rondo’s thought process about being a free agent this summer? Rondo is unrestricted and when he was first traded to Dallas the team made it clear they planned to re-sign him. Now Rondo may have second thoughts, and he certainly would have plenty of suitors.
In the short term, the Mavs will miss Rondo’s defense on All-Star point guard Jeff Teague of Atlanta. (And yes, the game is taking place despite the frigid weather in Atlanta.)
Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance
NEW YORK (AP)— The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.
Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.
NBA players have continued to stand during the playing of the anthems, as required by league rule.
Mavericks’ rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. misses game with knee swelling
This was more of what fans expected from Lonzo Ball.
After a rough first game against the Clippers — with Patrick Beverleyin his face all night — Ball found plenty of room to operate against the soft defense of the Phoenix Suns. With room to operate Ball had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists — just one assist short of a triple-double. He helped the Lakers pull away to a lead in the third then hold on for a 132-130 win over the Suns.
Ball wasn’t terribly efficient, 12-of-27 shooting, but he was 4-of-9 from three, he played with great pace, he was decisive, and was finding guys with his passes. It was a step forward, even if it was against a sad defense (Eric Bledsoe can be a good defender, but he has seemed disinterested in recent years).
Ball and the Lakers are going to be up and down this season, the goal is for there to be more ups near the end of the season.
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