Isaiah Thomas and Rajon Rondo were both ejected in the first quarter of last night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans following a brief exchange of words that resulted in double-technicals for both players.
It was the first time the two point guards had been on the same court since Rondo’s comments about Thomas not being deserving of a tribute video upon his return to Boston.
Back in January, Rondo was asked about the Celtics’ plan to honor Isaiah Thomas with a tribute video when the Cavs, who Thomas played for at the time, visited Boston on Feb. 11, the same night of Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony. Rondo, who spent eight and a half seasons in Boston and won the 2008 title with the Celtics, seemed bothered that Thomas, who only spent two years with the team, would get a video.
After the game, Thomas told the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli that Rondo brought up the video tribute that never was—Thomas was traded before the Cavs’ Feb. 11 game in Boston and joined the Lakers after they’d already played in Boston. Thomas also suggested on Twitter that the Celtics don’t show him a tribute so that Pierce could have the night to himself. Thomas also said Rondo hit him in the face three times before he reacted.