Rondo believes Lakers can ‘crack that code’ vs. Warriors

Rajon Rondo believes the new-look Lakers have what it takes to beat the Warriors.

You have to give Rajon Rondo some credit. If nothing else, one of the new Los Angeles Lakers has a positive outlook about joining his latest team, which will be the sixth for which he’s played as he prepares to begin his 13th season in the league.

In fact, Rondo believes the LeBron James-led Lakers may have a blueprint to beat two-time defending NBA champion Golden State, which has won three out of the last four league titles and played in four consecutive Finals.

“We might have a roster where there’s five ballhandlers on the court at one time,” Rondo told Bill Oram of The Athletic. “Five guys that can … playmake and create offense for each other versus just one dominant ballhandler. It will be very versatile and I don’t think you’ll be able to scout and stick to one gameplan as far as being able to stop a certain player.”

The Warriors cannot be outshot, Rondo said.

“I think it is kind of crazy if you think you are going to outshoot Golden State at this point,” he said. “Obviously, they have proved it … that no team can really shoot with them, so I think of other ways that you have to try to beat those guys. I think we are going to try to crack that code.”

The veteran point guard expects Los Angeles to compete for a spot in the NBA Finals.

“You put any team, any group of players around LeBron James, as he has done [eight] straight times, he went to the Finals,” Rondo said. “So my expectations are the exact same thing.”