For many of you who ever followed Rajon Rondo, especially those Laker fans who knew him only as a foe, it’s clear just who brilliant of a mind and ball handler. Now years later, to see him wearing a Lakers Jersey, in his words, “was a little weird at first”, but there is certainly some comfort knowing that the second most efficient point guard will be playing along side James, and become the central mentor to Lonzo Ball. So here’s what happened when Rondo watches film with Ball.
Ball had his first experience watching film with Rondo, which was clearly eye opening. Ball said, “..never seen anything like this.” after watching a full break down of plays from last season. Rondo stated in his interview with James Worthy who asked, “What was Lonzo’s reaction?”. –“He was very quiet.”.
RAJON RONDO AS A MENTOR TO THE YOUNG LAKERS
When asked if he would say he is in a mentor role to the younger players like Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Brandon Ingram, Rondo explained even he had mentors when he was new to the league.
Part of being a mentor to an up-and-coming player is recognizing what they can do well and need work on. The former champion revealed what he likes about Ball’s game.
Just last week, Magic Johnson was “blown away” by Ball’s newfound loyalty to watching film with Rondo. The veteran guard shared what he observed from his time with the young guard.
It sounds like Rondo is quite content with being the backup to Ball. General Manager Rob Pelinka reiterated last week that every starting position outside of LeBron’s is an open competition in training camp (Sept. 25). Rondo seems to have already taken the mentor’s role behind Lonzo BALL.
Ball should see tangible improvements to his game this season, but being able to pick Rondo’s mind adds a whole other layer to his development.