Ahead of Friday night’s matchup between the struggling Lakers and Celtics, Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo were spotted having breakfast Thursday morning in Beantown.
Bryant and Rondo have long been admirers of one another, and the meal inevitably led to speculation about Kobe possibly recruiting the star point guard to Los Angeles (Rondo is in the final year of his deal with the C’s.)
Kobe & Rondo grabbed breakfast in Boston. KB loves him. LAL could probably get RR for two 1sts + Nash expiring deal. pic.twitter.com/PYeEt0zI04
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) December 4, 2014
The Rondo-Bryant friendship is well documented. Back in 2013, after Rondo’s season ended due to a torn ACL, Bryant got a good belly laugh when told how some believe Boston might be better off without their prickly point guard.
“You don’t want Rondo? Send him my way,” Kobe said. “I love everything about him. Everything. I love his attitude, I love his chippiness, his edge, his intellect, his know-it-allness. All of it. That’s what makes championship players. […] What guard have you seen at his size that will get you 18 assists, 17 boards and 20 points all in one game? That’s unheard of. I love that kid. I always make a point of talking to him during All-Star [Weekend]. He’s one of my favorites.”
More recently, Bryant complimented Rondo by saying, “From what I understand, he’s an a–hole, like me.” Rondo responded soon after by noting, “That’s a great compliment, coming from Kobe. I feel the same way about him.”