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Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo says the Los Angeles Lakers are “expected to win now” and thinks he’ll have something to do with changing the culture.
Rondo, who signed a one-year, $9 million free agent deal with the Lakers, is excited to get training camp started and help the young guys on the team develop their games and get ready for the rugged Western Conference.
“They have me here to help win games, any way possible, whatever situation I might be in,” Rondo said. “I think they have plans, me being here along with other guys they brought in along with this great young core that we have. I’m going to compete every possession. I’m going to bring it every night. I know I’m a winner.”
Rondo spent this past season with the New Orleans Pelicans and built up his value. In 65 regular season games, Rondo averaged 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 8.2 assists, shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three.
During the playoffs, Rondo took his game to another level. He posted 10.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 12.2 assists per game and helped the Pelicans sweep the Portland Trail Blazers in the first-round.
When Rondo signed with the Lakers, reports surfaced that he and Lonzo Ball will compete for the starting point guard spot in training camp. Rondo says he’s not worried about it and is looking forward to co-existing with Ball.
“I’m not so much caught up in starting and things like that,” Rondo said. “I’m caught up in just winning a championship. From what I’ve seen of Lonzo, I’m excited to get a player at that age and try to help him as much as I can, as far as understanding the game and getting his game up to speed at a high level. Especially with the amount of pressure now the organization has every night, we’re going to get guys’ best shots. As far as understanding that night in and night out, that’s what separates good players from the great players.”