KEY POINTS

  • Former US President Barrack Obama commented on Lakers Head Coach Frank Vogel's rotations
  • Obama wants Vogel to limit Rajon Rondo's playing minutes to give way for Alex Caruso
  • Shaquille O'Neal revealed thar Rondo was devastated when Obama commented on his poor shooting in the past

Lakers Head Coach Frank Vogel responded to former president Barack Obama’s latest dig at Rajon Rondo in an epic way.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been resilient after going through so much drama this season. Aside from the sudden death of Kobe Bryant, the team has been regularly involved in controversies and issues on and off the court. Evidently for the players, the last thing they would want to hear is a criticism from a former U.S. president.

During the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service in Chicago, former POTUS Obama met with Lakers coach Vogel. What Obama told Vogel didn’t go unnoticed and Lake Show Life’s author Audel Del Toro posted how the conversation went down.

Apparently, Obama is not so pleased with how Vogel manages the Lakers rotations. Based on the conversation, Obama gave Vogel advice and suggested that he limit Rondo’s playing time to spare some for the younger Alex Caruso.

“I love what you’re doing with the Lakers. Great job but let’s talk about that rotation, you need to stop playing Rondo so much & give Caruso more playing time,” Obama quipped.

Vogel then replied, “Yeah, I love Rondo but I’ll think about it.”

Rondo has not responded to Obama’s comments, but looking back, this wasn’t the first time the former president took a dig at the veteran point guard.

According to Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal, during a meeting between the Boston Celtics and then-President, Obama pulled off a joke that may have crushed Rondo’s feelings and confidence. Based on Shaq’s story, former Celtics forward Kevin Garnett somehow captured the look of Rondo’s face after Obama made fun of his poor shooting. Though Obama evidently didn’t mean to offend Rondo, Garnett told O’Neal that the four-time NBA All-Star was “devastated” over the said comment.

"In early March some of the guys went to the museum of Fine Arts for a fund-raiser and got to hang with President Barack Obama. Everyone was a little bit in awe. The President turns to Ray, points at Rondo, and says, 'Hey, Ray, why don’t you teach this kid how to shoot?' Everyone starts laughing,” O’Neal revealed.

“KG (Garnett) told me he saw the look on Rondo’s face and the kid was devastated, embarrassed. Dissed by the President, even though I’m sure Obama didn’t mean any harm. Rondo smiled and went along with all of it, but KG told me he could see it in his eyes. It bothered Rondo. It killed him,” O’Neal added.

Barack Obama Barack Obama shared a special post on his Facebook page. The former U.S. President is pictured speaking at an innovative communications conference in Paris on Dec. 2, 2017. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images