Rajon Rondo rides the pine on his own bobblehead night
The Chicago Bulls on Monday night held Rajon Rondo Bobblehead Night at United Center. And the disgruntled point guard received his fifth-consecutive DNP-CD to help commemorate the event.
It's Rajon Rondo bobblehead night at United Center. This might be his only moment out of warmup togs, though, vs. OKC. pic.twitter.com/IO1COFNvQW
— Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) January 9, 2017
With Rondo again riding the pine at the discretion of head coach Fred Hoiberg and an ineffective Jimmy Butler becoming too ill to finish the game, the Bulls went down by a score of 109-94 to the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder.
While Rondo’s absence from the floor on his very own bobblehead night isn’t anything more than an unfortunate and arguably awkward conicidence, it nevertheless is becoming clear that the dysfunctional situation is reaching the point of no return as it pertains to his future with the Bulls organization.
Teammate Dwyane Wade last week praised Rondo for his professionalism amid all the turmoil. But with the Bulls seemingly unwilling to budge from their stance and continue to bench Rondo, it seems the only way to move forward is to move him.
Rondo, who hasn’t played since appearing in a Dec. 30 game against the Indiana Pacers, previously asked to be traded if the Bulls don’t reinsert him into the rotation and start using him. A meeting with Bulls executives Gar Forman and John Paxson a little over a week ago that Rondo said lacked “a clear cut message” didn’t help, either.
In the end, the fact that Rondo was the only Bulls player who didn’t play during Monday’s loss — on Rajon Rondo Bobblehead Night no less — simply added more insult to the proverbial injury.
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