Last season, the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t stand a chance at remaining in contention when the 30 games Lonzo Ball missed due to injury forced Tyler Ennis on the eyes of all watching. Rajon Rondo taking Ennis’ place alone should be reason for fans to rejoice, but the more you think about it, the more he makes sense in the team-wide construct.
In this episode of Locked on Lakers’ series of player previews, Pete and I discuss the variety of ways Rondo will help the Lakers next season.
Before I get to any of that, here’s a brief refresher on the format of these previews:
Before we get into the details of the thing, here’s brief refresher on the format of this series of player previews:
In segment one, we discuss the season(s) the player had to get them to where they are now. That kind of context is critical in properly setting expectations moving forward.
Segment two covers what we’d like to see from the player individually.
Then, in the the third segment, we figure out how those individual expectations fit into the team construct.
It’s hard — if not impossible — to discuss Rondo individually because so much of his success has so much to do with how guys are playing around him. Even more than the typical point guard, Rondo impacts the game by focusing on his teammates before him.
This makes for a very natural segue into analyzing Rondo’s fit with the Lakers around him. He’ll have to do a ton of creating with the bench units and, whenever he’s on the court with LeBron, they’ll have to figure out the dynamic as two guys who thrive with the ball in their hands.
As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the show. Listen to the full discussion below and please check out old episodes or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing on iTunes.