"I've been studying with coach a lot. He called me in before the game and gave me a little test, and I think I continue to pass the test. We're on the same page a lot more throughout the game. I'm calling some of the plays before he calls them, so we're on the same page,”
Rondo also said his involvement in the offense has increased due to his teammates' confidence.
"What's different is they're giving me the ball a lot more on the break," he said. "I think I've earned these guys' confidence. They know when they're going to get the ball back. Obviously it's a miss-make league. (Chandler Parsons) has been playing unbelievable, shooting the ball extremely well. Dirk (Nowitzki) shot the lights out tonight. It has been a great effort."
Despite a recent confrontation with coach Rick Carlisle,
"It's a player's organization,” Rondo said. "Players first, from our plane, the way we travel. I don't take that for granted. We eat good. We stay at the best hotels. Of course, it's the NBA. But this organization has the best. They have PlayStation in the lockers. I don't play games, but it's nice to know I got a PlayStation."
Rondo will be a free agent after the season and added that he feels comfortable playing for the Mavericks and hopes to come to a decision soon.
"I love it here. I don't dislike anything," he said. "I'm not uncomfortable. Of course, the system is different, but I've been here for two months. It's going to take time. Hopefully, sooner rather than later."
"We just had a little discussion on the court and it led to a suspension," Rondo said after Friday's practice, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I think he had some frustrations with me and vice versa."
Rondo thinks communication led to the issue Monday.
"Communication is definitely key in this situation, and we've had a couple of talks since then and we're going to move forward."
Rondo is averaging 8.6 points and 8.3 assists in 47 games this season.
"I've talked to pretty much everybody in the organization, and everyone is pretty much on the same page," Rondo said according to the team's website.
"I know that Rondo is an emotional guy and feisty," Ainge said. "None of it really surprises me."
Rondo won a championship in 2008 with the Celtics and was shipped from Boston to Dallas in December to play out the final year of his contract. He served a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team after reportedly jawing twice with Carlisle -- in-game and again in the locker room after the game -- on Tuesday.
Carlisle stressed the importance of having Rondo back in the lineup for Dallas despite his suspension on Thursday, per ESPN. He will practice Friday and return to the floor on Saturday against the Nets. The embattled point guard has averaged 9.0 points, 6.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 25 games since being traded to the Mavericks.
"I want to stress and reiterate how important Rajon Rondo is to the
Rondo was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team after getting into a heated exchange with coach Rick Carlisle during Tuesday's win over the Raptors. After the third-quarter incident, Rondo was benched and did not return to action. The player and coach had a second exchange in the locker room after the game, according to The Dallas Morning News.
With the starting point guard out, the Mavericks will likely feature a combination of Devin Harris and J.J. Barea at the point Wednesday. Carlisle said before the game that Rondo would practice Friday and return to the starting lineup Saturday, Mavs.com reports.
Rondo has averaged 9.0 points, 6.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 25 games since being traded to the Mavericks.
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