The latest Cleveland Cavaliers acquisition, Rajon Rondo, will soon join the team and add some much-needed playmaking. With Ricky Rubio sidelined due to an ACL tear, Rondo will slide right in as the Cavs’ backup point guard. He was introduced Wednesday afternoon.
Rondo is a veteran point guard joining a young team, which can seem like conflicting interests. Yet, the Cavs remain one of the league’s best teams. Rondo said that he likes how head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is a no-nonsense type of guy. Earlier today, Bickerstaff explained what Rondo’s role on the team will be.
#Cavs point guard Rajon Rondo said that he's impressed with how detail-oriented J.B. Bickerstaff is and that he, "doesn't have a lot of time for bullshit". Rondo hopes to learn from Bickerstaff and his staff since he wants to be a head coach one day.
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Rondo sounded very pleased with what the Cavs are doing. He is looking forward to playing with their jumbo-sized lineup and likes Darius Garland’s game a lot. The self-proclaimed underdog said he is looking forward to joining a team of fellow underdogs.
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One important detail to note about Rondo is that he has butted heads with several teammates and coaches throughout the years. Though much of those issues happened almost a decade ago, it is key for the Cavs to remain focused and not waver in the face of adversity. So far, they have done just that, so Rondo should fit right in.
With Garland recently returning from health and safety protocols, the Cavs are poised to find their footing even more now that they are welcoming an additional point guard back into the rotation. They are currently 21-17, which is the sixth-best record in the Eastern Conference. With the 35-year-old Rondo helping to facilitate the offense, Cleveland can make up some more ground in the standings.