Kings guard Rajon Rondo has shown he can still orchestrate an offense this season with Sacramento.
The doubts he could do that came after a forgettable stint last season with the Dallas Mavericks in which he clashed with coach Rick Carlisle.
Rondo will face Dallas for the first time with the Kings on Monday when they host the Mavericks. It will be the first of two games against Rondo’s former teams this week.
The Kings will play the Boston Celtics on Thursday in Mexico City.
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Rondo was asked if playing Dallas would spark any special emotions.
“No, it’s not Boston,” Rondo said. “It’s not a big deal.”
Rondo is the league leader in assists per game with the Kings at 11.2 entering Saturday, but his 46-game stint in Dallas was far from his best basketball.
He was injured part of the time after being traded to Dallas from Boston, suspended for a game by the team and essentially banished from the the squad during the playoffs.
Rondo averaged 9.3 points and 6.5 assists for the Mavericks during the regular season.
The Kings will be the home team Thursday when hosting the Celtics in Mexico City. Rondo was a four-time All-Star and part of the 2008 NBA championship team with Boston.
“That’s different,” Rondo said. “That’s always going to be special. Dallas was just a pit stop in my career. I was there for less than five months. It was a blur. I have some good relationships in that organization but it wasn’t my best.”