Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo went out to breakfast together and here’s the only real takeaway from this:
They both like bacon.
Anybody trying to read more into this is trying too hard. Guys get together and have meals with friends on other teams all the time. But because this is Kobe, and because Rondo has been in trade rumors and could leave as a free agent next summer, and because the Lakers are essentially Jim Thome at the plate with free agents — swing for the fences every time, strike out a lot and hope to connect on one — it generated a lot of buzz and spun the rumor mill.
So, Kobe, what did you guys actually talk about at breakfast? Via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Bryant joked that he and Rondo had a “mutual intervention” surrounding their respective team struggles. In reality, Bryant reported having a “basketball geek conversation” that entailed revisiting the Lakers and Celtics trading NBA titles in 2008 and 2010.
But what about Rondo becoming a Laker, because they had breakfast together so it’s a done deal. Like that time when LeBron James wore a Yankees cap to an Indians’ game, clearly signaling his intentions to sign with the Knicks.
Bryant showed off his sarcasm involving the issue on whether he would like Rondo join the Lakers once he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.
“I’ve never thought about having any future teammates before,” Bryant said, wryly.
To paraphrase Sigmund Freud, sometimes breakfast is just a breakfast.
The Lakers don’t have the assets to make a Rondo trade (who on that Lakers’ roster would anybody want?) but they likely will call him this summer during free agency. Along with 20 other teams. And at that point the most important thing about this breakfast will still be the bacon.