Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook’s Troubled History That Worries Lakers Fans

Published 08/29/2021, 11:59 AM EDT


The Los Angeles Lakers have built quite the squad, gearing up for the 2021-22 season. Following the Russell Westbrook signing, L.A. has successfully surrounded its Big 3 with shooters of the highest ilk. Rounding up veteran all-stars arguably past their prime on vet minimum deals has been the likely game plan for GM Rob Pelinka, as numerous former Lakers were brought back for the coming season.

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And they’re still not done! With reports now suggesting PG Rajon Rondo’s return to Hollywood since the mutually agreed buyout with Memphis, Pelinka is going all in. Rondo was a key part of the LakeShow’s championship run in the Bubble, with the legend of Playoff Rondo showing up big time in the Bubble.

As most of Laker Nation will recollect dating back to the Orlando playoffs, Rondo has history with Russell Westbrook! Well, not Rajon, per say, but let’s just say a member of the Rondo clan went toe to toe with Broadie when L.A. faced Houston in the conference semi-final.

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In an altercation that stole the light from L.A. sending Houston home, Russ and William Rondo got into it, exchanging a few “pleasantries” of sorts!

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Do Lakers fans smell blood from within their own camp? It’s been almost a year since the war of words occurred. In fact, both Westbrook and Rondo even addressed the matter in post game pressers, as L.A. prepared to move to the Western Conference Finals after a decade.

Engaging in classic trash talk, William reportedly waved Russ goodbye, calling him trash on the way out, as L.A. were up by over a dozen against Houston in the 4 quarter in Game 5.

Rondo said, “He didn’t do anything crazy,” Rajon Rondo said. “He called the man ‘trash.’ Fans do what fans do. He’s my brother first. He didn’t do anything disrespectful.”

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However, Westbrook wasn’t buying it. Commenting on how it all played out, Russ said, “People at the game, you’re supposed to shut your mouth and watch the game. That’s the rules, especially when you have families and people here. Apparently, I guess because Rondo was talking s**t, William decided he wanted to hop in, too.”

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Has the tension eased between the two since then? Likely! With the competitive genes running in both families, it’s possible that both were eager to voice what they really thought! But, it’d probably be for the best if they talked it out, considering that both families will probably root for the same franchise this time around!

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Nikhil Naik

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Nikhil Naik is an NBA writer at EssentialySports. Having completed his bachelor's degree in Hospitality, he has worked with the Indian Hotels Company Limited, at the Taj in Mumbai. Nikhil has been playing basketball since 2014.

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