Report: Rondo won't be fined for seat choice
NBA.com Global on Mar 09, 2019 08:15 AM
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets on February 21, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
Rajon Rondo will not be fined for sitting away from his teammates during the waning moments of Los Angeles Lakers' 115-99 loss Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) to the Denver Nuggets, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
Rondo met with Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka on the team's off day Thursday to discuss his seat choice and how it was perceived.
"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."
Rondo's gesture, on the night James passed Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time points list, prompted criticism from former NBA coaches Mark Jackson and Stan Van Gundy during ESPN's broadcast of the game.
Wow. I hated the Rajon Rondo signing from day one, as I said on The HoopsHype Podcast. Many fans hyped up his leadership. Is this your leader? pic.twitter.com/qdtxqgkVGj— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) March 7, 2019
Rondo took to Instagram on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) to say the real story that night was LeBron, and not about him sitting courtside.
Let me help y’all out. Since everyone wants to over analyze, gaslight, and over interpret situations, let me help y’all with your due diligence. The real story that everyone should be talking about right now is how my teammate, Lebron James, accomplished a huge milestone in last night’s game. What he has accomplished in this game shows where hard work, dedication, and perseverance can take you. It shows little kids that don’t come from privilege that success is attainable. It shows that no one can tell you how great you can be. Y’all are so busy analyzing what happened in the last 48 seconds of the game that y’all missed the opportunity to highlight, congratulate, and praise Lebron wholeheartedly on his accomplishment. Most of y’all have made a career out of discussing Lebron James, and y’all can’t pay the man some respect. Since y’all missed it, let me do it publicly. Congratulations Lebron on EVERYTHING. You deserve all the success and happiness that God and the Universe has to offer. Congratulations My Brother. Keep being great! 👊🏾👊🏾