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Kobe Bryant Says He’s Not Recruiting Rajon Rondo


Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo got caught having breakfast in Boston together last week. Pancakes, before a 113-96 victory by Rondo’s Celtics, then led to speculation about why the two were meeting. But Bryant insists the meal was not a recruiting pitch to the four-time All-Star.

"No, we get along extremely well," Bryant said Friday, as reported by ESPN’s Baxter Holmes. ”We see the game in a similar fashion in terms of our aggressiveness and mindset. It was good to get together with him.” Bryant also referred to the sitdown as “a basketball geek conversation.”

And the notion of Rondo going to L.A. doesn’t seem too likely anyway. 

Although the Celtics’ starting point guard is on the last year of his contract, and (like Bryant) doesn’t seem to enjoy losing a lot of games with a young, rebuilding team all that much — and although trade rumors about Rondo have persisted since last season — it’s hard to believe one of the game’s most obsessively competitive players is going to jump from one loser to another.

The Lakers aren’t in any better shape than the Celtics, of course. In fact, their standing is much worse, given that they're at the bottom of the suffocating Western Conference:

Fascinating as the Bryant-Rondo combo may be, it’s not one we should anticipate. The Lakers could try selling Rondo on the Hollywood brand, the future, post-Kobe keys to the superstar cockpit of what’s still Tinseltown’s team — as they did to Carmelo Anthony — but how much will it mean without the right roster?

Where Rondo does eventually end up is a mystery. But if he chooses glamour, money, or Kobe over some good old-fashioned title contention, it’ll be out of character for him.

— John Wilmes