The Sacramento Kings‘ experiment of playing Rajon Rondo alongside their franchise player, DeMarcus Cousins, may have only lasted one season, but what many do not know is that the two had a good relationship and respected one another.
Rondo recently explained their good chemistry, via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, talking about the 26-year-old Kentucky product understanding why he was brought in by the Kings.
“A lot of young guys don’t have veterans they respect. If you don’t respect a guy, you’re not going to take his word. That’s why I was able to click with DeMarcus (Cousins) last year (in Sacramento). I don’t think he ever played with a vet that he really respected. He understood I was trying to help him.”
Many wondered how they will co-exist, especially given their reputations as two of the more difficult players to coach. However, they proved their doubters wrong and despite having a losing season, they were able to complete the year without clashing.
The two are now on different paths. Cousins is trying his best to will the Kings to the playoffs while Rondo is now with the Chicago Bulls and playing off the bench.