Derek Fisher removed any chance that Rajon Rondo will consider the Knicks when he becomes a free agent in July.
The Knicks need to upgrade the point guard position, so it doesn’t make sense for their coach to take any digs at point guards, least of all one of the elite ones. But Fisher didn’t see it that way.
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“That’s your decision on whether or not he’s elite or not,” Fisher said of Rondo, who said Friday that “the triangle’s not really a good look for me.” Added Fisher, “And you can’t ask a guy that wasn’t very successful playing against it whether or not he wants to come play in it.”
Fisher must have forgotten that Rondo’s Celtics beat his Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals and had six steals in the series-clinching game. The Lakers beat the Celtics in a rematch two years later.
Carmelo Anthony and Rondo are friends. They went to the same high school, and Anthony is on record saying he wanted Rondo with the Knicks a couple of years ago.
It’s hard to deny that Rondo is one of the better point guards in the league. He’s averaging a league-leading 11.7 assists for the Kings. But he said the offensive system will be important to him when he picks a team in free agency and that the triangle isn’t a good fit for him. “That’s his opinion,” Fisher said. “That’s fine. He doesn’t play for us. So we’re not concerned about his opinion about us at this point.”
Fisher said he has to take “some responsibility” for the Knicks’ bad starts, but Anthony said the players have to figure it out, too. “I don’t really think it’s anything that he can do as far as getting us to get up and start the game off the way we should,” Anthony said. “He motivates us, he gives us great speeches. I think we got to take it upon ourselves individually to figure out how each guy gets going out there.”
Lance Thomas missed his second straight game because of a concussion and remains in the NBA’s concussion protocol. Fisher said he “possibly” could return Tuesday against Washington.