Rajon Rondo hasn't been too forthcoming to the media since his on-court blowup led to a one-game suspension at the end of last month, but he opened up on several topics in a Q&A with Yahoo!'s Marc Spears published Saturday evening.
"I haven't had a change of heart about wanting to be here," Rondo told Spears, before adding a disclaimer. "But I said that in Boston, too, and look what happened."
Rondo said there's a lot of things to love about the Mavericks organization, from the music they play in practice (Too $hort, Bun B, Lil Wayne depending on when and where they are) to the PlayStations in the locker room. He said Dirk Nowitzki is "funny as hell" and said Monta Ellis is like a "brother" to him. "There are not too many knuckleheads like me," he joked.
His confrontation with Rick Carlisle
Rondo said that he has always got into it with his coaches, from a high school level on up.
"I'm on [television] like I committed a crime," he said. "Two men had a disagreement. Obviously, we didn't handle it the right way. Obviously, regardless of how it goes down it's always going to be the player's fault, and I took responsibility. But it's a two-way street and we're moving on from that."
He continued: "I have probably talked to Rick more than I talked to any coach in my career whether it's watching film, trying to get me up to speed, what he expects out of me, what he would like to see me do more, what he wants me to get away from. It's pretty much an ongoing thing."
On the Mavs' current problems
Rondo elaborated slightly on the same line he's been giving the media since returning from his injury: he's still learning the system and it's going to take some time.
"Our morale is down a little bit, and obviously guys want to win. I think we have the pieces. We're in a tough stretch right now. We have one of the toughest schedules, especially at our age playing back-to-backs.
"I'm very positive and very optimistic. I am going to continue to grow. I'm going to watch film. I'm going to hold guys up and bring them in to watch film as well. That's one thing I've been trying to preach to the team, 'We have to watch.' Everyone might have a rebuttal verbally after the game, but when you watch film it doesn't lie.
Coming to Dallas wasn't easy for him, either, Rondo wanted to make clear. The adjustment in the way he has to play the game has been tough on him, too.
"All I care about is winning," he said. "I made a lot of sacrifices, I believe, coming here. I try to give up the ball and move without the ball a lot more. It's hard to adjust. But for the sake of the team to win that's what I'm trying to."
Go read the entire Q&A session on Yahoo! here. It's great to see Rondo open up a little and to actually read his own words about what's happening in this situation.