Rajon Rondo has been scrutinized by many people in the NBA, and fans alike for his arrogant and rude attitude. He has bumped heads with many coaches and other players. As one of the best point guards in the NBA, it is sad to observe this great player's obsessive personality get in the way of his on court talent.
Moving from team to team, it is known that talent, is not the reason Rajon can't find a home. It is his unwillingness to listen to coaches, and his irritated attitude towards his teammates.
Rondo is looked up to by millions of people around the world, and it is disheartening to know that he might not be the nicest dude. Rajon might be one of the best playmakers of all-time, and by not having chemistry with his players or coaches, he may have trouble trying to gel with a bunch of guys who hate him.
With his numerous clashes with players, coaches, and officials, it is safe to say that Rajon isn't one of the most liked players in the league. He may be even on the other end of the spectrum as one of the most disliked players in the league. The guys on this list may have the respect for Rondo as a player, but maybe not as a person.
15 Derek Fisher
Derek Fisher seemed to get defensive when Rajon Rondo criticized the triangle system run by the Knicks, while Fisher was coaching them. Rondo had said a system like that wasn't good for his style, but Fisher fired back, saying.
“You can’t ask a player who wasn’t very successful playing against it if he wants to play in it,” Fisher, not exactly giving a glowing endorsement of Rondo as a player. “That’s your opinion whether or not he’s an elite player,” he said.
14 His old Dallas teammates
Among the people Rondo has upset throughout his career has been former teammates of his. Everybody in the Dallas Mavericks organization seems to regret Rondo ever going there. His teammates made quite the statement when they voted to withhold Rondo's playoff share last year, following their first round exit against the Rockets. Rondo seemed to be a cancer in the Dallas locker room, and they quickly got rid of him following their playoff exit.
13 Dwyane Wade
No player ever wants their character question, and when Rondo called Wade a "dirty player," and blamed Wade for a dislocated elbow, the relationship between the two got ugly. During Game 3 of the 2011 Eastern Conference semifinals, Rondo and Wade got tied up in a scuffle, ultimately leading to Rondo dislocating his elbow. Wade was blamed by Rondo for the injury and Wade commented that Rondo started the fight. In another meeting between the two, Rondo was hit with a flagrant foul after tearing Wade out of the air on his layup. The two have a history of fighting during games, and are not afraid to speak there mind about the other after them.
12 Kobe Bryant
On February 5, 2009, Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo got into a spontaneous altercation as the Lakers played the Celtics.. The Celtics-Laker rivalry can be traced back to the 1950s and this altercation can just be added to the many heated moments of these two teams. After going for a loose ball, Kobe goes to help up a teammate and is pushed by Rondo. You can feel the disdain as Kobe points his finger in Rondo's face as the two had to be separated. Kobe usually isn't disrespected on the court and I would love to know what Kobe was yelling at Rondo. Why Rondo decided to try to fight an NBA legend is unclear, because nothing seemed to spark the incident. I think it is say safe to say that Kobe dislikes Rondo.
11 Adam Silver
Rondo brought bad publicity to the NBA during his actions towards an individual on December 3, 2015, number #3 on this list, where Rondo berated an NBA referee with gay slurs. Silver suspended Rondo for only one game which turned some heads on why Silver was so lenient on Rondo. This was Silver's first big controversy as NBA commissioner and he didn't handle it the way people wanted him to. Many called on Silver to increase the suspension putting Silver into a bad position. When an NBA player does something that hurts the league, it doesn't only affect the player.
10 George Karl
Even though Rajon has recently found new life in Sacramento and is leading the league in assists, this doesn't mean everything is perfect in Sac-Town. When asked about his relationship with George, Rondo said "It hasn't been great, we've gotten into multiple arguments the last couple days". He also added, "Hopefully we can talk through it and get better". Sacramento fans are hopeful Rondo can get along with his staff and teammates this time around.
9 Rodney Mott
In the conference quarterfinal against the Atlanta Hawks in 2013, Rajon Rondo was suspended one game for aggressively bumping referee Rodney Mott after being called for an offensive foul. Rondo immediately confronted the ref as he yelled into his ear and bumped his side as he screamed. Rondo was immediately ejected from the game. NBA referees are not used to being physically confronted by players, so this relationship may have a mutual dislike. David Stern later suspended him for the next game in the series. In Rondo's defense, it was a terrible call.
8 Entire Miami Heat Starting Lineup
In 2011, at American Airlines Arena, the Miami Heat played the Boston Celtics. During a Heat huddle, Rondo is seen creeping towards the huddle to try to listen to the Heat's upcoming plays. Rondo is first pushed away by Wade, then by Illgauskas, and then by LeBron. It looked like Rondo was laughing and playing around, but the Heat players having none of it. Rondo is one of those players that can get inside the head of every player on the other team.
7 LeBron James
During the same game as #7 on this list, Rajon guarded LeBron James with such tenacity it would make anybody who he guarded resentful of. Picking up and hounding LeBron right when he was inbounded the ball, Rondo didn't leave James' side. He yelled at him the entire game and pestered LeBron all the way to playing a sub-par game, leading to a Celtic Victory. Having Rondo guard him that night can't be a fond memory for The King.
6 Wyc Grousbeck
The CEO, governer, and co-owner of the Celtics, Wyc Grousbeck, had a lot to say about Rondo. While Grousbeck was speaking on WBZ-TV, Grousbeck said that Rondo may not be coachable and is a very stubborn person. Wyc even brings coach Doc Rivers into the fray stating that when Doc was asked, he has said Rondo is one of the least coachable guys in the league. A lot of badmouthing from two guys Rondo just helped bring a Finals Championship too.
5 5. Kris Humphries
On November 28, 2012, the Boston Celtics took on the Brooklyn Nets at the TD Garden. Late it in the 2nd quarter, Kris Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett on a layup, and Rajon was the first to show Humphries how he felt about the foul. Rajon shoved Humphries in the neck knocking him over into the photographers. Players from both teams tried to tear Rondo off of Humphries. Funny thing is, the two became teammates after Humphries joined the Celtics, but Rajon soon left the team after Humphries' arrival.
4 Bill Kennedy
On December 3rd, 2015, after being ejected after multiple technical foul calls, Rondo attacked NBA referee Bill Kennedy with an onslaught of anti-gay slurs. Rondo's sexuality has also been questioned throughout his NBA career, so it was upsetting to see him attack someone knowing what that must feel like. Rondo was suspended for the next game and lost $86,300. Kennedy cam out as gay after Rondo's outburst and I am thinking Kennedy wanted to leave that part of his life private. Rajon apologized for his actions, but his behavior that night was clearly unacceptable.
3 Rick Carlisle
The Dallas Mavericks have always had a well oiled system and adding the volatile personality of a Rondo couldn't have been easy. On paper, Dallas seemed like a perfect fit for Rondo, with Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, Rajon should have racked up the assists. Despite these great players around him, Rondo found himself benched multiple 4th quarters throughout the season. During a game in late February, Rondo and Carlisle could be seen arguing on the sideline during a game. Rondo was heard screaming "Why the **** did you bring me here," to Carlisle as Rondo was taken out of the game. Rondo's stint in Dallas was a time to forget for both Rondo and Carlisle.
2 Ray Allen
Ray Allen caused a lot of ill feelings when he left the Boston Celtics to join the Miami Heat. Allen claimed he didn't seem to fit in with the Celtics' future plans and part of that was Rajon Rondo increasingly getting the ball and Allen being phased out. While still coaching Boston, Doc Rivers claimed he often had to act as a peacemaker between Allen and Rondo. Here's what Rivers had to say following Allen's leaving the Celtics in 2012:
"He’s (Rondo) the best passer in the league. He has the best feel in the league. He’s not a great shooter, so he needs the ball in his hands to be effective. And that bothered Ray. And not starting bothered Ray."
1 Doc Rivers
It's very accurate to say Doc Rivers has a strong dislike for Rajon Rondo. He even has stated this on many occasions. It was even reported that Rondo got under Rivers skin so bad that Rivers tried to fight Rondo in the team's locker room. The altercation started with some loud cursing from Rondo and Rivers until the two had to be separated from fighting. The next time free-agency was available for Rondo, he found the Clippers, Doc's new team, was off the table after Doc said he couldn't coach him. Even though these two won a NBA championship together, the possible dynasty they had in Boston was cut short because of issues in the locker room.