Rajon Rondo doesn’t care about being fined
After discussions with Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo will not be fined or disciplined for sitting in a courtside seat removed from his teammates in their recent loss against Denver Nuggets.
“They notified me that it was a league rule that you can’t sit there,” Rondo told ESPN. “I wasn’t aware of it. But now I know going forward where I need to be.”
“I’ve done it (before),” he recalled, estimating that he had sat separate from the bench eight to ten times already this year. “I’ve sat everywhere but the bench more than 40 seconds. But I guess when things aren’t going well you can kind of continue to make up stories. But I never thought it was a big deal. I was just in my head contemplating the game. That’s kind of what I do. I don’t think I have to explain myself as far as my relationship with the team, the players and the coaches. That shouldn’t even be discussed.”
Rondo only played 16 minutes in the second half compared to Lakers’ two-way contract player Alex Caruso’s 17 minutes. Rondo pushed back the assumption that his choice of seat had anything to do with being upset over playing time.
The 13-year veteran slammed complaints saying he deserves a fine.
“Everyone has an opinion,” Rondo said. “I’m not controlled by money … I can’t control what they say. If somebody wants to fine me, I won’t wake up tomorrow upset about it.”
The Lakers are currently at the 11th place in the Western Conference with 17 games left to play. They will battle the Boston Celtics next on Sunday (Manila time). (Janiel Abby Toralba)