Rudy is a truly decent man in a sport increasingly dominated by criminals and thugs. Being in the same room with Kobe Bryant was likely making Rudy's skin crawl. If judges and courts were not "celebrity struck", the NBA would be holding its games inside prisons.
There is no place in the NBA anymore for someone such as Rudy T. In my town of three million people, the NBA is down to maybe 100,000 "hardcore" fans. The great majority of folks here would not miss the Rockets or the Lakers for a New York minute.