Like you haven’t had a loud, too-public argument with your best friend or wife, then by the next day everyone has moved past it and things are back to normal. Maybe even better because the air has been cleared.
That’s how Rajon Rondo feels about Dallas.
Rondo and Mavericks’ coach Rick Carlisle had a public argument that led to Rondo being suspended for a game, but he has moved past it. He’s said that before. He reiterated it Saturday night and said that he is open to staying with the Mavs after the season. Here are his quotes, courtesy Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
“People say I’m not trying to be here, but I don’t talk to anybody but the five people that are in my circle,” Rondo said. “I will vent to them about where I want to be. I’m happy. I’m in a great situation. The best thing is the weather. I miss my kids. I miss my family. That’s hard, as well not having them and you come home after playing a bad game. They are always there to cheer you up. That’s been difficult.
“I haven’t had a change of heart about wanting to be here. But I said that in Boston, too, and look what happened.”
So would he be willing to stay in Dallas.
“Why would I not be? There are a lot of things that I really love. Even the practices, we listen to music, my type of music…. It’s a player’s organization. Players first, from our plane, the way we travel. I don’t take that for granted. We eat good. We stay at the best hotels. Of course, it’s the NBA. But this organization has the best. They have PlayStation in the lockers. I don’t play games, but it’s nice to know I got a PlayStation. TVs in your own locker. I heard about it – [Brandon Bass] and J-Terry [Jason Terry] told me – but seeing it and experiencing it.”
The deciding factor on where Rondo will play next year is money. It’s always money. What will Dallas offer? They can offer more than anyone. If Dallas does not will teams like the Lakers or Knicks come in over the top?
If the money is equal, then it comes down to the other things: Is the team competitive? (Dallas beats the Lakers and Knicks there, handily.) Is he comfortable with the organization? Does he like the coach? Rondo said gain in this interview he is all good with Carlise now, that they talk a lot about the game.
Dallas is still in the driver’s seat to retain Rondo. It just comes down to the negotiations this summer.