Tensions With the Bulls and Rajon Rondo’s Latest Comments Have Bettors on Alert

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Jan/27/2017

Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler have been critical of their younger Bulls teammates and Rajon Rondo’s latest comments do not help cause or the franchise, suggests Andrew Lynch of Fox Sports.

Tensions Mount

Rondo ripped teammates, and in particular Wade and Butler.

Rondo, apparently referring to Garnett and Pierce, repeatedly used the term “my vets” in an Instragram post.

“When we lost, they wouldn’t blame us,” Rondo wrote. “They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game.”

Rondo also questioned Chicago Coach Fred Hoiberg’s control of the team.

“My vets didn’t have an influence on the coaching staff,” he said. “They couldn’t change the plan because it didn’t work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches” — the former Celtics coach Doc Rivers, now with the Los Angeles Clippers — “and he held everyone accountable.”

Andrew Lynch of Fox Sports writes:

In reality, the former Celtic/Maverick/King is clearly a peg or two below Wade and Butler in Chicago’s pecking order. Did he have a point about how veterans should handle things? Maybe. But in Rondo’s situation, you have to keep that criticism in-house. He’s a role player who tried to act like he’s still a star, and the consequences should be swift.

Impact on Sports Bettors

Futures bettors had somewhat high hopes for the Bulls entering this season especially with the likes of Wade and Butler on the roster. 

As of this writing Chicago is barely a .500 team though they are hardly out of contention in the East where only five teams seem to be excelling: Cleveland, Toronto, Boston, Atlanta and Washington. 

More recently, Chicago has only won and covered in four of their last ten games overall. 

Odds to win the 2016-17 NBA Finals (6/15/17)
Team Odds
Golden State Warriors 1/2
Cleveland Cavaliers 21/10
San Antonio Spurs 10/1
Houston Rockets 25/1
Boston Celtics 40/1
Los Angeles Clippers 40/1
Toronto Raptors 40/1
Utah Jazz 75/1
Memphis Grizzlies 80/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 80/1
Atlanta Hawks 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 125/1
Charlotte Hornets 200/1
Chicago Bulls 200/1
Indiana Pacers 200/1
Washington Wizards 200/1
Detroit Pistons 300/1
New York Knicks 300/1
Portland Blazers 500/1
Sacramento Kings 750/1
Philadelphia 76ers 1000/1
Denver Nuggets 1250/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 1250/1
New Orleans Pelicans 1250/1
Orlando Magic 1250/1
Dallas Mavericks 5000/1
Phoenix Suns 7500/1
Brooklyn Nets 9999/1
Los Angeles Lakers 9999/1
Miami Heat 9999/1

- Tyrone Black, Gambling911.com

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