There is never any love lost between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lake Show was in Boston tonight and gutted out a tough 107-104 win to end a six-game slide. The game also marked the return of Rajon Rondo from injury — he racked up eight points and four assists in 19 minutes of action.
Before the game, Kobe was asked about Rondo’s return to the court — specifically, how Rondo would deal with the clear rebuilding efforts of Boston (since Kobe went through a number of rebuilding years of his own in LA). Kobe’s response was classic Kobe:
Everyone’s money quote, courtesy of Kobe on Rondo: “It’s frustrating. But from what I understand he’s an asshole like me, so he’ll manage.”
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) January 18, 2014
Kobe on how Rondo will survive the rebuild: “From what I understand he’s an asshole like me, so he’ll manage.”
— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) January 17, 2014
After the game, Rondo said that he took the name-calling as a compliment from Kobe, and decided to flip it right back to him as well:
Rondo, on being called an asshole by Kobe: “That’s a great compliment, coming from Kobe. I feel the same way about him.”
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) January 18, 2014
It’s nice to know that both Kobe and Rondo are keeping their trash talk sharp even when their games aren’t full-go. And realistically, Kobe was seemingly complimenting Rondo’s toughness, albeit in a fairly interesting way. Rondo handled the comment with his nice little return zinger for some fun, and now we can all move on.