It’s pretty well known that Kobe Bryant doesn’t have a lot of friends in the NBA. However, it turns out, Rajon Rondo and Bryant are friends for the exact reason that the Los Angeles Laker doesn’t have many friends in the league.
Rondo and Kobe grew close. Why? Rondo: “I don’t have a lot of friends. I’m just friends with a lot of a–holes.”
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) March 16, 2016
Of course, Rondo uses the term “a–hole” lovingly. Bryant’s referred to both himself and the Sacramento King player as such in the past.
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
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
Bryant and Rondo were first spotted together in 2014, having breakfast in Boston with a third party.
Another shot of Kobe Rondo grabbing breakfast in Boston: pic.twitter.com/TK6qBEB5qx
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) December 4, 2014
Bryant was disappointed when the Lakers failed to trade for Rondo in 2014. Rondo was instead traded to the Dallas Mavericks and later the Kings.
“Oh yeah,” Bryant said when asked if he was bummed out that Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. “Of course. Of course. But all you can do is control what you can control. We did our part. We did what we could. … It’s not from a lack of effort. It’s not from a lack of smarts, so I trust the process. It’s hard going through this (expletive), but our management will figure it out.”