The 6-foot-1 point guard called this the most confusing situation of his 10-year career. Despite his calm demeanor in his talk with local reporters, Rondo did say he’s had very little communication with Hoiberg.
“I got a slight explanation from another guy on the staff. A guy told me that he was saving me from myself,” Rondo told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. “I don’t want to say any names. But that’s what the explanation was. In Cleveland, they told me I had a negative 20 (plus-minus rating) in Indiana at halftime. I think that was part of the reason.”
When asked what he thought of it all, he didn’t hold in his words.
“I thought it was bullsh*t,” Rondo said. “Save me from myself. I never heard that before in my life. But I guess he was trying to do the best thing for me.”
While Rondo has picked up decent minutes against the Wizards, the mystery still remains for most involved with the situation. Some close to the team believe it may have to do with Hoiberg trying to get younger, fresher legs in the lineup instead of the 30-year-old point guard.
“You’re only as good as your coach thinks you are. That’s a big part of each individual’s success in the NBA,” Rondo said. “You look at James Harden and the year he’s having. (Houston Rockets coach Mike) D’Antoni turned over the keys to him and he’s having his best year ever with the right personnel around him. Certain guys got an opportunity to shine and play without restraint and certain guys will rise to the occasion. And some won’t.”