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George Karl: If relationship with Rajon Rondo were any better, ‘I’d get scared’


during the preseason NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 7, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Christian Petersen

Asked about his relationship with Kings coach George Karl, Rajon Rondo said with a straight face:

It’s not been going too well. We got into a couple arguments the last couple of days. But, hopefully, we continue to talk and get better.

Rondo might have been joking. I think he was.

But it’s also plausible Rondo was being truthful and afterward agreed to call the quote sarcastic. That way, he and Karl could work out any issues in private.

For what it’s worth, Rondo says he was kidding, and Karl is even more positive.

James Ham of CSN California:

As someone inclined to believe Rondo was joking in the first place, I buy Rondo’s explanation. Karl seems to be laying it on a little thick – especially when this involves a coach with a history of clashing with players and a player with a history of clashing with coaches.

But as long as their squabbles/non-squabbles haven’t reached the point of public bickering, that’s a decent sign.