LOS ANGELES — Rajon Rondo has sat and watched some video games this season, at instances, from an empty courtside seat close to the Los Angeles Lakers’ bench.
However when Rondo did it once more Wednesday night time earlier than the top of a 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets at Staples Middle, it created a stir. A photograph of the Lakers’ level guard seated 4 seats over from the Lakers’ teaching workers and head athletic coach went viral, and a few on social media speculated about why he wasn’t sitting along with his workforce.
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Rondo, who has been a constructive mentor to the youthful Lakers gamers and has been like an assistant coach at instances to Luke Walton this season, mentioned he didn’t see what all of the fuss was about.
“I’ve finished it like possibly eight, 10 instances this 12 months,” Rondo mentioned. “I do not know why it is a large deal now.”
Rondo did the identical factor earlier this season towards the top of the Lakers’ 136-94 loss at Indiana on Feb. 5. Rondo sat in a courtside seat subsequent to move athletic coach Marco Nunez, who sometimes sits on the opposite aspect of the Lakers’ teaching workers. The web buzz after that sport was about LeBron James sitting on the finish of the Lakers’ bench with three empty seats between himself and the closest Lakers teammate throughout an embarrassing blowout loss.
Rondo advised the Los Angeles Instances after that sport that he likes sitting in courtside seats throughout video games however that they are simply sometimes full at Staples Middle.
After Wednesday night time’s loss to Denver, during which followers began leaving with a couple of minutes left, Rondo and James walked onto the ground to slap arms with their teammates who have been on the ground on the finish, earlier than the workforce walked off into the locker room collectively.