The Sacramento Kings brilliant but troubled guard Rajon Rondo has watched his reputation shatter to pieces over the past couple years. His trade to the Dallas Mavericks from the Boston Celtics (which people already saw coming) that started it all. Then, his falling out with the Dallas Mavericks last year coupled with his demand for a max contract left fans and NBA executives alike with bitter and confused thoughts on the point guard. Although it appears Rondo’s play and reputation has slightly come back to form this season, he hasn’t elevated the Kings to playoff contender status. Still, that hasn’t stopped the point guard from wishful thoughts; he wants the Mavericks to suffer from a lack of a postseason just like his Kings are doing.

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Rajon Rondo, who played for the Mavericks last season and clashed with coach Rick Carlisle, had no pity Sunday for his former team possibly missing the playoffs after the Sacramento Kings continued to do their part to keep Dallas on the outside looking in.

For Rondo, his misery would love the company of the Mavs.

“Yeah, I want them to get their plane ticket as soon as we get ours,” said Rondo, who had 11 points and 11 assists in the Kings’ 133-111 win. “So anytime we can help, that’s what I try to get these guys [his teammates] to focus on.”

The Mavericks (35-38), who have dropped three straight and 10 of 12, are ninth in the Western Conference and trail Houston by half a game for the final playoff spot.


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