Chicago Bulls

Despite benching, Rajon Rondo continues his behind-the-scenes contributions

As Rajon Rondo prepared to leave the locker room late Monday, he called across it to acknowledge the Bulls’ victory with Dwyane Wade. Then Rondo briefly interrupted Nikola Mirotic’s media session to congratulate the forward on his season-high scoring night.

If this is the picture of a disgruntled guard, Rondo — whom coach Fred Hoiberg didn’t play for the final 16 minutes, 32 seconds against the Pacers — hides it well.

Rondo’s one-game suspension earlier this season for exchanging words with and throwing a towel at associate head coach Jim Boylen produced headlines — and rightfully so.

But those actions should be balanced by Rondo’s behind-the-scenes contributions, which have consistently drawn praise from teammates for his strong commitment to the team structure.

“He’s always talking, always positive,” Taj Gibson said.

Hoiberg said he never went back to Rondo on Monday because Wade was making plays as the primary ballhandler, Jerian Grant contributed and Michael Carter-Williams provided defense. What Hoiberg didn’t address is whether Carter-Williams’ positional size while defending will make this a regular occurrence.

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