Rajon Rondo and Mark Cuban probably don’t see eye to eye, as the former Celtics point guard gave up on Cuban’s Mavericks in the playoffs once.
The Boston Celtics traded Rondo to the Mavericks at the start of the 2014-15 NBA season. This was supposed to be a move that extended Dirk’s playoff run by a few more years in Dallas.
It didn’t pan out how fans expected it to go, at all. The Rondo experiment turned out to be an unmitigated disaster as he didn’t see eye to eye with Rick Carlisle. This boiled over during the playoffs as Dallas lost their first round series to Houston.
Rondo seemed to give up on his team during the series, turning the ball over intentionally and refusing to acknowledge Carlisle’s instructions. Mavericks fans and Mark Cuban have understandably soured on Rondo ever since that time.
Mark Cuban wants Rajon Rondo to shoot the ball more
Cuban has seen the worst of Rondo’s play, and he definitely isn’t a fan of the former Celtics guard’s shooting. The Shark Tank mentor didn’t hesitate from encouraging his former player from shooting with a green light in this year’s playoff series:
“I hope he shoots a lot. I hope he takes more shots than any guy on the team from outside the paint.”
Zing: @mcuban on The Fan about Rajon Rondo: “I hope he shoots a lot.”
Cuban also says Mavs now have permission to increase fan capacity for Games 3 and 4 (and 6) to 12,000. “And we’re trying to get to 15,000” with arena reconfigurations.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) May 20, 2021
Cuban’s strategy is easier said than implemented on court. Rondo has transcendental point guard capabilities. He’s able to sniff out plays before they unravel in front of his eyes. Very few details escape his gaze, and he also has one trick up his sleeve or the other.
Rondo has also become a reliable shooter in the playoffs – or at least that’s how it seemed in his run with the Lakers last year. Rajon Rondo led the Lakers in 3-point shooting in a few series – notably against the Houston Rockets and the Miami Heat.