Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo on Friday have been matched up for the primary time since Westbrook yelled at Rondo’s brother throughout a playoff recreation final yr. Issues obtained testy between them once more.
The veteran guards, now enjoying for groups aside from those they represented within the Orlando bubble, first had phrases within the first half of Wizards-Hawks in Washington and have been assessed technical fouls.
The animosity peaked within the fourth quarter when a annoyed Westbrook shoved Rondo on a rebound try. That transfer earned Westbrook a second technical and an early exit from a recreation the Wizards finally misplaced.
“I imply, truthfully it’s extra on me. I can’t enable myself simply to stoop right down to anyone’s stage,” Westbrook informed reporters after the sport, per NBC Sports Washington. “That’s not my character or who I’m. I’ve obtained to be higher no matter trash speak and what issues are stated.”
Rondo was ejected for a second technical foul with 5 minutes remaining whereas he was on the bench. The rationale was unclear.
The apparent transfer right here is to hyperlink at the very least the primary incident to what occurred final September within the Western Convention semifinals. As Rondo’s Lakers have been closing out Westbrook’s Rockets in Sport 5 of the collection, Westbrook engaged with Rondo’s brother William after a LeBron James free throw. William Rondo was seated courtside and chirping at Westbrook, as was Rajon Rondo.
“Individuals on the recreation, you are alleged to shut your mouth and watch the sport,” Westbrook told reporters postgame. “That is the foundations, particularly when you may have households and other people right here. … As a result of [Rajon] Rondo was speaking s—, he determined he wished to hop in, too. It is OK. It is all good. I get it. He wished to take up for his brother. I do not know what, however that is it.”
The Washington Publish reported that area safety escorted William Rondo out of the sector.
Rajon Rondo came to his brother’s defense in his feedback after Sport 5.
“He did not do something loopy,” Rondo stated. “He known as the person ‘trash.’ Followers do what followers do. He is my brother first. He did not do something disrespectful.”
This text has been up to date with Westbrook’s feedback and Rondo’s ejection. Materials from Jordan Greer and Stats Carry out Information have been used on this report.