Ask anyone who has spent much time at all around him and they’ll tell you: Rajon Rondo is about as competitive as they come. The guy enjoys beating anyone who dares face him (including children) at Connect Four and will even take on multiple opponents at the same time because a single adversary is just too boring.
It should therefore come as no surprise to find out what Rondo’s top priority is as he heads into year 13 of a pretty fantastic career to this point.
“I need another ring,” Rondo told reporters after practice Monday afternoon. “It’s simple. I want to be the first to win with the two most historic franchises that’s ever put a basketball to use. I got one in Boston, and I’d love to get one with this organization.”
Rondo has one championship to his name thanks to his time with the Big Three-era Boston Celtics, but since that team broke up, he hasn’t been past the second round of the playoffs, though he has been a part of a couple teams that either upset their opponent (his New Orleans Pelicans swept the Portland Trail Blazers last year) or came close to doing so (the Chicago Bulls were on track to upset Boston before Rondo broke his hand).
Given the amount of playoff experience he has, Rondo is a great judge when it comes to figuring out what teams might be capable in a postseason setting. He gave his thoughts on where the Lakers currently sit.
”I love what I’ve seen. We got some dogs, we got a lot of dogs, a lot of young, great talent and we got the best player in the world,” Rondo said. “Now we’ve got to find a way to put it together.”
He and the Lakers have a tough task ahead of them. The Western Conference is going to be insane this year, even with the Minnesota Timberwolves devising plans to murder each other in their sleep and the San Antonio Spurs losing a point guard per week. All but a couple teams can legitimately believe they have a shot at a playoff berth and once it’s figured out who will be playing beyond April, who knows how that’ll turn out.
But as Rondo alludes to, the Lakers roster is filled with guys who have a lot to prove and a ton of people doubting what they’re capable of. Whether the Lakers can help Rondo with his top priority of winning a ring this year obviously remains to be seen, but it’s probably a good idea to listen to him if he thinks the Lakers have a shot.