Rajon Rondo: ‘I don’t think offense will be a problem’ for Kings
Despite having one of the NBA's top offensive talents in DeMarcus Cousins, the Sacramento Kings were a below-average offensive team on a points per possession basis in 2014-15. But that should change this season thanks to the addition of Rajon Rondo. Rondo's own struggles scoring the rock are well-chronicled, but there's no denying that he's a wizard at setting up his teammates in the right place at the right time.
And with the 2015-16 season about to tip off, Rondo told reporters on Monday that he doesn't see offense being a problem for the Kings now that he's in town:
Rondo also noted that there's a “positive vibe” around the team, which might be thanks in part to Rondo himself. According to the point guard, he doesn't stop talking, and he's always trying to make sure guys are in the right state of mind:
It's just the kind of mindset you want your point guard to have. Rondo is slated to start the season as the Kings' starting point guard, and it shouldn't take long at all for him to develop chemistry with Cousins and the rest of his Sacramento squad.
“Obviously you win championships with defensive stops, so our communication has to continue to get better, it’s not going to happen over night. We have to continue to progress throughout the season.
“I talk the most on the team, by far,” Rondo said. “But I try to make it contagious, try to talk positive.”
“I’m talking to help my teammates out on the court,”” Rondo added. “I don’t talk to prove that I know the game of basketball or to prove my IQ. I talk because I’ve watched film and I’ve seen guys' habits and I know their tendencies. If I know it, I feel like my team should know it. If we know it as a team, it’s like preparing for a test. If I know the answers, then I won’t have any problems going into a test and taking it. If I don’t, then I’ll be sweating bullets.”