With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
Not only did the Lakers sign future Hall of Famer LeBron James to a long-term deal, the organization added a host of veterans–with Rajon Rondo emerging as one of the marquee names.
While Rondo is no longer the same point guard who quarterbacked the Boston Celtics to a title, he is still as crafty as ever. He notched a 25-assist game last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, as he is still one of the league’s best passers. His court vision, coupled with that of LeBron’s, should allow the Lakers to reestablish some of their Showtime Era highlights.
Rondo will engage in a training camp battle with Lonzo Ball for the starting point guard position. Competition within the team will be healthy for the Lakers going forward, as they look to get back to the playoffs.
In addition to Rondo’s playmaking abilities, he’s still a plus defender. His basketball IQ will pair well with LeBron, and he should help mentor and push Ball to become a better floor general.
During the 2018-19 season, Rondo averaged 8.3 PPG and 8.2 APG. He’s also said that he’s willing to embrace whatever role is best for the team, even though he started 63 games last year in New Orleans.
“I’ve done a pretty good job in the last couple seasons, as far as just kind of going into that mentoring stage in my career and helping young guys develop, not necessarily on the court but also even more so off the court,” Rondo told the LA Times. “How to become a young man, how to conduct business off the court, not necessarily as far as a father figure but also just a guy that’s been through a lot of things they’re going to go through.”
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