Rajon Rondo

It's the rookie vs the vet of point guards when the Kings face the Pelicans


It's the rookie vs the vet of point guards when the Kings face the Pelicans

SACRAMENTO -- After taking down the New York Knicks on Sunday, the Sacramento Kings return to Golden 1 Center Wednesday evening looking to make it two in a row. They’ll face a tall task in Anthony Davis and the red-hot New Orleans Pelicans.

Against the Knicks, Skal Labissiere was the latest of the young Kings to come up big in crunch time. The 21-year-old power forward drilled a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining to give the Kings the lead and they held on for the win. 

New Orleans recovered from the devastating injury to DeMarcus Cousins and they’re on a roll. The Pelicans have strung together a nine-game win streak and they currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference playoff race.


Pelicans by 5.5


De’Aaron Fox vs. Rajon Rondo -- There’s a new and difficult challenge awaiting Fox every night as he traverses through his rookie season in the NBA. While Rondo no longer possesses all of the physical tools he had as a young star in the league, there are few players that understand the game like the four-time All-Star point guard. Fox has an advantage in speed and quickness, but Rondo will pick him apart if he’s not careful.


Kings: 20-44, fourth place in Pacific

Pelicans: 37-26, second place in Southwest


Kings: PF Skal Labissiere (sore right knee) probable, C Willie Cauley-Stein (lower back strain) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season. 

Pelicans: C DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) out for season, Alexis Ajinca (knee) out, Solomon Hill (hamstring) out, Frank Jackson (right foot) out. 


Veteran Opportunity -- With Cauley-Stein out and Labissiere banged up, Dave Joerger might need some help from veteran bigs Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos. Randolph sat against the Knicks as a healthy scratch. Koufos has filled in for Cauley-Stein the last two games. Even if Labissiere can go, one or both of these guys are going to need to play big minutes.  

Hit the Easy Ones -- Justin Jackson is getting a long look at the small forward position and plenty of open jumpers from the corner. Since the All-Star break, Jackson is shooting just 36.6 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc. 

Slow the Brow -- There is no way to stop AD, but the Kings need to keep him from going off. Koufos has played well against the five-time All-Star and Randolph has beat him up in the post. The Kings need to make him work hard on both ends of the court. 


The Kings hold a 2-1 advantage on the season after beating the Pelicans twice at Smoothie Kings Center. New Orleans holds a 42-40 lead in the all-time series between these two clubs.  

Report: Ex-Kings guard to reunite with DeMarcus Cousins in New Orleans


Report: Ex-Kings guard to reunite with DeMarcus Cousins in New Orleans

Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins are going to be teammates again.

Rondo, a free agent, has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Pelicans.

Financial terms of the deal were not immediately reported.

Rondo spent the 2015-16 season in Sacramento playing alongside fellow former Kentucky star Cousins. In 72 games for the Kings, Rondo averaged 11.9 points and a league-leading 11.7 assists.

The 31-year-old Rondo signed a two-year deal with the Bulls in the summer of 2016, but he was waived by Chicago on June 30.

News of a agreement was first reported by The Vertical on Saturday morning.

Former Kings PG Rondo unloads on Wade, Butler with Instagram post


Former Kings PG Rondo unloads on Wade, Butler with Instagram post

Rajon Rondo apparently disagreed with the postgame approach taken by Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler after Wednesday's loss.

The Bulls led by double digits with under three minutes to play and blew the lead, eventually losing to the visiting Atlanta Hawks by a 119-114 score.

Thursday afternoon, Rondo unleashed a criticism of Wade and Butler, though he didn't reference them by name. Instead, he posted a picture of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, two veterans he played with on the Boston Celtics.

My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn't pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn't take days off. My vets didn't care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn't blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game. My vets didn't have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn't change the plan because it didn't work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can't win consistently. I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don't deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it's the leadership.

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