Is Rajon Rondo aware of the records he’s already set or has been close to breaking with the Kings?
“Nah, I don’t know,” Rondo said.
Even if he doesn’t know, Rondo is already leaving an imprint on Sacramento’s record books 17 games into his tenure.
Rondo’s latest record was his 20 assists Monday in a loss at Charlotte. That’s the most in the Sacramento era. He previously shared the record of 18 with Reggie Theus and Jason Williams. Rondo continued to pile up assists with 16 in Friday’s 101-91 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, to go with his 16 points and four rebounds.
Wednesday at Milwaukee, Rondo finished one rebound short of his fifth triple double this season, which would have tied Chris Webber for most in a season in Sacramento.
These are some facts Rondo has not been big on keeping up with this season.
“No, I don’t keep track of them,” Rondo said. “I keep track of these wins, that’s the most important thing. I’m not really big on social networks and I don’t read newspaper articles, but I’ve got people who call me on the phone and tell me. But it’s all about the wins. It wasn’t about me getting that last rebound (in Milwaukee), it’s about getting the win.”
Rating Wiggins – Kings coach George Karl said the coaching staff talked at length about Minnesota’s second-year swingman Andrew Wiggins preparing for Friday night’s game against the Timberwolves at Sleep Train Arena.
Wiggins was the NBA Rookie of the Year last season, and he played some of his best basketball against the Kings, averaging 27.3 points in three games against Sacramento.
Wiggins entered Friday averaging 21.8 points.
Karl said the coaching staff tried to figure out if there was a player similar to Wiggins in recent memory.
“The word (Latrell) Sprewell came up,” Karl said. “We tried to figure out the best post up 1-2-3 in the last 15 years; there’s not a lot of them. Joe Johnson maybe when he was younger, but Andrew’s more athletic, more explosive. I like his defensive dimensions.”
Dual point issues – Darren Collison has been back on the court since his hamstring injury for six games and Karl is still trying to figure out how best to use he and Rondo together. The pairing is something he’s wanted to use since training camp, and they started together last Saturday at Orlando. Karl said the combination has not been as productive as he’d hoped.
While Rondo has excelled lately, Collison has been up-and-down with his play.
“Sometimes two point guards playing together is not as easy as everybody thinks it is,” Karl said. “Sometimes it takes time. That’s not a good combination for us now, but I’m not ready to bail on it.”
Academic achievement – Kings head athletic trainer Manny Romero recently earned his PhD in athletic training from Rocky Mountain University.
Romero is in his 13th season with the Kings, fifth as head athletic trainer.