Rajon Rondo doesn’t see playing alongside Jimmy Butler–a player who can dominate the ball–as an obstacle this season, Vincent Goodwill of Comcast Sportsnet relays. “[Butler is] so unselfish, he’s gonna get a lot of the plays,” Rondo said “He’s our best player so never really fought him for anything like that. I know when teams make a run, who we get the ball to. They know as well. It’s no secret. When you play with a guy as unselfish as him, I don’t need to control the ball as I used to back in the day.”
Rondo also said that his time in Dallas helped him to expand his game. “You find a ways to make yourself effective and efficient on the court when you don’t have the ball,” he added.
Here’s more from the Bulls:
- Coach Fred Hoiberg is a fan of what Rondo brings to the Bulls, Goodwill passes along in the same piece. “You look at our pace when he’s on the floor, it’s so much better than when he’s off,” Hoiberg said. “You can see the impact Rondo can have by getting us out early in the first; he’s got great energy out the gate. He’s been so good.”
- Ben Dowsett of Basketball Insiders believes signing Rondo was one of the worst moves of the offseason. The Bulls entered the day with a record of 9-5 and Dowsett argues that the team would be just as good without the 30-year-old point guard. Rondo missed two games this season with an ankle injury and the team won both games.