Rondo: ‘I’m ready to help develop Lonzo as much as possible’

After the signing of LeBron James, there’s an energy with the Lakers that we have not seen in a long time. Along the way, there will be many storylines to follow with the Lakers as the 2018-19 season approaches.

One of those many storylines is the point guard battle between the incumbent, Lonzo Ball and the challenger, Rajon Rondo, who was signed by the Lakers this summer. Ball, 20, is expected to be the starter, but according to Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, there would be an open competition for all positions except for whatever position LeBron James plays, so it should be interesting to see how that plays out.

According to Rondo, 32, he will do whatever he asks to do in Los Angeles, which includes helping with the development of Ball.

“Whatever they ask me, my main objective is to win. I’m ready to help develop Lonzo as much as possible,” Rondo told TMZ Sports. “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.”

When asked if Ball could be the next Rondo, the four-time All-Star had this to say:

“He’s himself. We’re all individuals. He’s his own person. I’m pretty sure he wants to be better than me as he should at a young age. He has a lot of talent,” Rondo said.

The Rondo, Ball dynamic could get very interesting, especially if Rondo is outplaying Ball. Magic Johnson has been on record as saying he was hoping to find a mentor for Ball, and if everything goes as planned, Rondo could be that guy. Rondo and Ball have a similar skill set, so maybe Rondo can help Ball get to the next level.

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Ray Allen fires back, then deletes post

Last night, the band got back together. Pierce, Perk, KG, Rondo, and Big Baby Davis, members of the 2008 Celtics, appeared on Area 21. However, a big piece was missing. Ray Allen was not there, and has been on the outs with the 2008 crew since he headed to Miami in 2013.

After it was over, Allen went to Facebook and posted this:

https://twitter.com/LeadingNBA_/status/861968278805127168

Allen would later delete the post.

2008 Celtics tell us why no Ray Allen at the reunion

The 2008 Celtics had a reunion. KG, Big Baby, Perk, Rondo and Pierce got together to talk about the good old days on Area 21.  The biggest question is where’s Ray Allen?

2008 Celtics address the issue.

Listen to what they had to say:

Rondo to play in game 5?

According to The Vertical, the Bulls’ Rajon Rondo will attempt to play in game five against the Celtics on Wednesday night. Rondo, who has a fractured right thumb, had his cast removed on Monday.

The Bulls-Celtics series is tied 2-2.

Will he be ready? Judge for yourself.

Rondo fined 25k for attempted trip of Jae Crowder

I guess the NBA did not believe Rondo’s explanation. Rajon Rondo was fined 25K for stretching, or excuse me, sticking out his foot as Jae Crowder was running past the Bulls’ bench on Friday.

Rondo gave this explanation on Friday:

“When you tear an ACL, your legs get stiff on you every once in a while. I stretched my leg out. I also do that throughout the game. I guess he was so deep into our bench, it looked maybe whatever may have happened.”

Rondo is out indefinitely after breaking his right thumb.

 

 

 

Is Rondo telling the truth?

The Bulls’ Rajon Rondo, due to a fractured right thumb, could not have an impact on the court in game three against the Celtics, but maybe he tried to make an impact while in street clothes. After a Jae Crowder jumper, Rondo stuck out his leg. Was it on purpose?

Here is Rondo’s explanation:

“When you tear an ACL, your legs get stiff on you every once in a while. I stretched my leg out. I also do that throughout the game. I guess he was so deep into our bench, it looked maybe whatever may have happened.”

The Bulls could have used Rondo on the court as the lost game three in Chicago 104-87. The Bulls now lead the series 2-1

Lets here what Rondo had to say: