New Kings PG Rajon Rondo: 'I'm excited that everybody's doubting us'

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

LAS VEGAS -- Asked what the potential of the Sacramento Kings will be this coming season, newly signed point guard Rajon Rondo did not hesitate before giving his answer.

"Sky's the limit," Rondo said.

This much is clear -- they'll be interesting.

The Kings brought Rondo, Caron Butler,Marco Belinelliand other newcomers to Las Vegas on Monday, coinciding with the NBA's summer league, for an unveiling of sorts. And amid all the drama surrounding coach George Karl and center DeMarcus Cousins,Rondo was talking playoffs.

"I've been basically challenged my whole life," said Rondo, a four-time All-Star and part of a championship with Boston in 2008. "It is what it is. A lot of people didn't expect me to come this far in the NBA. I have no doubts about what my talents can do. ... Life is about handling adversity and I've dealt with a little bit of adversity this past season."

Rondo went to the Dallas Mavericks midway through last season, things didn't work out and he wound up taking a one-year deal to join the Kings. He didn't seem offended, said he'll value the relationships he built in a short time in Dallas -- and said Mavs owner Mark Cuban was honest with him "from day one" about his situation there.

As for coaching Rondo, Karl just pointed to how he's dealt with strong-willed guards in the past -- a list that includes Gary Payton, Sam Cassell, Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups and Andre Miller.

"It's going to be fun coaching him," Karl said. "I think he wants to lead our team but he also wants to be part of the decision-making. That can be somewhat combustible but it can also work on a high level because I think we're all trying to make the team the best."

Butler, who has a championship from his time with Dallas in 2011 and is considered one of the wiser vets in the league, had offers to go to other teams that might be more championship-ready.

None of them, he said, were more appealing in the end than going to the Kings.

"It's a great opportunity for me," Butler said. "At this point in my career I'm stable and it's not about the money. It's about playing the game of basketball, being utilized the right way and being wanted and needed. The want and need, I felt, was more in Sacramento."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.