Rondo shed some light on why he was benched for such a long period, and stated he was told by a Bulls staff member that they wanted to “save him from himself” after posting a -20 (+/-) in a previous game versus Cleveland.
Rondo responded with following before Tuesday’s game against the Wizards.
I thought it was bullsh—,” Rondo said. “Save me from myself? I never heard that before in my life. But I guess [they are] trying to do the best thing for me.”
Rondo was then asked if the Bulls kept their word about his role when they signed him to his $28 million contract, and he responded with the following:
“Depends on how you guys write it. But yeah, it’s different. When I signed here, why I wanted to come here, it’s a lot different than what I anticipated.’’
Translation – Rondo thinks the Bulls lied to him about his role with the team, and his benching appears to confirm what he is suspecting. Rondo has bounced around since leaving the Celtics in 2014, landing with a different team each year. His signing with the Bulls this off-season raised eyebrows, so what is happening now is not unexpected.