Taking One for the Team

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Taking one for the Team

Rajon Rondo Fine with Coming off the Bench for the Lakers

One of the most intriguing storylines surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers is the question of the starting point guard spot. Will recent acquisition Rajon Rondo be the starter, or will it be sophomore Lonzo Ball?

According to a recent interview, Rondo is fine either way.

“Whatever they ask me, you know, my main objective is to win,” said the 12-year NBA veteran. “I’m ready to help develop Lonzo as much as possible. If I’m not starting and he’s starting, he’s going to be ready to go and ready for anybody that comes his way. And we’ll be ready to roll.”

Starting both is not much of an option, given their similar skill sets and limitations. Neither is known as much of a three-point shooter, and playing two guards who can’t stretch the floor is not a recipe for success in today’s NBA.

Both have their cases for starting. Only 20, Ball is undeniably talented, and was once dubbed “the new face of the Lakers” by none other than team president and legend Magic Johnson. One would assume that Ball is still considered a crucial part of the Lakers’ future.

Rondo, on the other hand, has long been known to step up his game in the postseason, to the point where “Playoff Rondo” is considered a real thing. It is not hard to see Los Angeles handing the former NBA champion the ball (and the starting job) come playoff time.

Still, Rondo is prepared to do what is best for the good of his team, whatever his role may be.

“As a whole, as a team, I’m looking forward to getting together with all the young guys, and even the older guys, and putting our minds together to figure out the best way to get W’s.”

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