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Kings season primer: Will Rondo’s strong résumé translate to success?

Video: Rajon Rondo says comments on George Karl were misconstrued, in jest

Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo spoke Wednesday about comments that he has clashed with coach George Karl. The Bee's Jason Jones says there's no big problem here. He tweeted "Calm down folks. There's no #beef between Rajon Rondo and George Karl
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Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo spoke Wednesday about comments that he has clashed with coach George Karl. The Bee's Jason Jones says there's no big problem here. He tweeted "Calm down folks. There's no #beef between Rajon Rondo and George Karl

The Sacramento Bee provides a primer for each of the 15 players on the Kings’ roster entering their 2015-16 campaign, which begins Wednesday, Oct. 28, at home against the Los Angeles Clippers. View the rest of the profiles here.

Rajon Rondo came to Sacramento with quite the résumé.

The point guard is a four-time NBA All-Star, has a championship ring with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and has twice led the league in assists per game.

He also has been viewed as a malcontent by some after his short stint in Dallas ended with the Mavericks not allowing him to finish the team’s playoff run last season.

The 10th-year veteran, who is expected to start but could run side by side with point guard Darren Collison at times, also caused a stir with comments he said were in jest about a rocky relationship with coach George Karl. Don’t get it wrong, though. Rondo wants to be heard, especially by his teammates.

“You just don’t want guys out there saying anything,” he said. “It’s also learning the game, continuing to teach the game to these young guys but getting them to talk.”

Should Rondo factor into the Kings winning more games this season, his message will be heard loud and clear.

PLAYER BIO: RAJON RONDO

Position/jersey: Guard, No. 9

Height/weight: 6-1, 186

Age: 29

Experience: Nine years

Prior to NBA: Kentucky

Key 2014-15 stat: Averaged 7.9 assists with Boston and Dallas, a number that easily would have led the Kings, but it was his lowest average since 2007-08.

Comment: Rondo’s numbers took a hit after he was traded to Dallas, but the Kings believe he will thrive in their system.

Jason Jones

People will believe anything they read and that’s just the way the world is.

Rajon Rondo

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