Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas on altercation with Rajon Rondo: ‘He kept bringing up the …


Rajon Rondo has made his feelings about Isaiah Thomas clear in the past, but he made sure to say it to Thomas’ face on Wednesday night.

Rondo and Thomas got into an altercation during the first quarter of the New Orleans Pelicans’ 139-117 win over the Los Angeles Lakers that resulted in both guards getting ejected.

Rondo previously expressed his displeasure on whether Thomas would receive a tribute video the next time he played against his former team, the Boston Celtics, in his return to TD Garden.

Thomas, who started this season a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers before recently being traded to the Lakers, said that he didn’t want a tribute video from the Celtics. The Cavaliers were set to visit Boston last Sunday, the same day the team planned on honoring former Celtic great Paul Pierce by retiring his jersey.

The tribute was no longer a factor once Cleveland dealt Thomas to Los Angeles before last week’s trade deadline. The Lakers don’t play in Boston again until next season.

When the Pelicans visited Boston in January, Rondo told local media that he didn’t believe Thomas deserved a tribute for what he did during his time with the Celtics. Rondo and Pierce were both members of the 2008 Boston squad that won the NBA title. The point guard was in Boston for Pierce’s Sunday jersey retirement.

“What has he done?” Rondo told Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette in January. “This is the Boston Celtics. This isn’t the Phoenix Suns, no disrespect to any other organization, but you don’t hang conference titles. Do we hang going to the conference finals?”

Thomas told reporters after Wednesday’s game that Rondo brought up the tribute controversy while the two were going back and forth and he believed Rondo came into the game with the intentions of confronting him.

Thomas scored three points in three minutes before getting ejected. Rondo had four points and five assists in eight minutes.

“For whatever reason, he’s an upset guy about me,” Thomas said. “He kept bringing up the tribute, when I was the one that shut the tribute down. Nothing should have made that escalate like it did. He already had his agenda written down right when I checked into the game. It was obvious.”

Thomas added that he thought the altercation was unnecessary and that he’s ready to move on with his new team.

“I’m far past that, I’m on the Lakers trying to figure out how to help this team win,” Thomas said. “For the things that happened today and for me to get ejected is uncalled for.”

Rondo didn’t speak to the media after Wednesday’s game.

Will Guillory can be reached at wguillory@nola.com or 504.258.5344. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WillGuillory. You can subscribe to our Pelicans Youtube channel here.



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