Lakers Rajon Rondo excited to mentor Lonzo Ball, willing to be backup

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans
Mar 22, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) smiles towards Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) during the fourth quarter at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 128-125. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers officially announced the signing of point guard Rajon Rondo this morning. Rondo played for the Pelicans last season and had a tremendous impact on their team averaging eight points, eight assists and 3.6 rebounds a game in 26 minutes. During the playoffs, Rondo helped lead the Pelicans to the second round of the Western Conference where he averaged 10 points, 12 assists and 7.6 rebounds a game.

There is no question that Rondo can help the Lakers right away. His veteran experience and IQ for the game is respected among his peers around the league. Rondo’s presence will undoubtedly help Lonzo Ball. During a phone call interview for the LA media, Rondo hinted at the possibility of taking Ball under his wing and mentoring the young guard.

When it was first reported that Rondo signed with the Lakers, a lot of skepticism was made about whether or not Rondo would be okay as a backup point guard behind Ball. Rondo seems to be just fine with a taking a winning role on the team even it means him coming off the bench.

The Lakers had a shortage of quality point guards backing up Ball last season, and it showed when the rookie point guard missed a handful of games due to injuries. Rondo is a great backup point guard that the Lakers can trust and rely on.

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