Lakers will reportedly continue to start Lonzo Ball over Rajon Rondo

Oct 25, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton (right) talks with guard Lonzo Ball (2) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

After back-to-back wins for the Los Angeles Lakers, it appears we may have an answer to the hottest question surrounding the team.

With Rajon Rondo suspended three games due to a fight with Chris Paul in the loss to the Houston Rockets, Lonzo Ball stepped into the starting point guard spot. Many wondered what head coach Luke Walton would do with that starting spot upon Rondo’s return. Ride the hot hand in Ball or go back to the original starter?

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports that Walton has made his decision by keeping Ball as the starter, allowing Rondo to come off the bench Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs.

With Ball as the starter, the Lakers have gone 2-1 with wins over the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets. Los Angeles fell to the Spurs 143-142 in overtime in Ball’s first start of the season.

Ball is the team’s future at the position, so this was bound to happen sooner or later.

Saturday’s road contest in San Antonio will be the Lakers’ final game without Brandon Ingram. Will Ingram also come off the bench upon his return? Time will tell, but it appears Walton is rewarding his new starting lineup for their excellent play so far.

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