All of a sudden, the Chicago Bulls have one of the best and deepest backcourts in the whole NBA.
For the last few years, the All-Star pairing of Jimmy Butler and former MVP Derrick Rose just never seemed to click like it truly should have. Subsequently, Rose was shipped on to the New York Knicks as he entered the last year of his contract and the Bulls looked like they were heading for a major rebuild as Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol sought pastures new as well.
Rajon Rondo came in to fill the void at the one spot, but the Windy City ended up with an added bonus in the form of Dwyane Wade's unlikely departure from Miami.
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Now, the Bulls look primed to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference having added two former NBA champions to their backcourt alongside Butler.
Rondo's former coach in Sacramento, George Karl, had some words of wisdom for Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg on how to handle the fiery point guard in an interview with David Kaplan on Chicago's ESPN 1000.
"All the Bulls' coaching staff is going to have to do is spend some time communicating with him," Karl said. "That's all he wants. I think he's very coachable from the standpoint, if he feels there's a democracy between the point guard and the head coach, I think he'll be fine.
"He likes his opinion to be heard," Karl said. "He's a very smart player. I think he's one of the most intelligent people and also basketball people. There's book smart and street smart and basketball smart, and all types of different 'smarts' in my opinion. Rajon's pretty intelligent all the way around."
An experienced veteran like Rondo obviously has a lot of wisdom to impart, and a franchise can't have enough locker room leaders. Karl believes if there was a better supporting cast around Rondo in Sacramento, the Kings could have done special things.
"I know Doc and I had a conversation before we signed Rajon [last summer]," Karl said. "Doc said he thought Rajon and I would get along. I'm not saying Rajon and I had a perfect world. But we didn't have a perfect team. And I thought we fought very hard together to figure out our team. We had a better record than we had the year before, it just wasn't good enough to keep my job."
However, the former Kings coach acknowledged the challenges that come with coaching Rondo and assured Chicago that the former Celtics guard won't be afraid to voice his opinion.
Karl added: "It's not going to be a season without confrontation. He doesn't like losing. He likes teams to be held accountable. And he's going to voice his opinion. But I've had more difficult players to coach than Rajon."