Speaking with ESPN the Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton told that at the beginning of the season 32-year-old point guard Rajon Rondo and four-time NBA All-Star will be temporary deployed into the Lakers starting line-up until Lonzo Ball will make a full recovery after left knee surgery.
Ball underwent surgery in July. During his rookie season Lonzo Ball played in 52 games and in 50 as a starter. He was averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game, but had some struggle with his shooting percentage – just 36 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from the 3-point range. Consequently this summer Ball decided to change his shooting technique and concentrated his attention on this issue.
Meanwhile Rajon Rondo last season played for the New Orleans Pelicans and was averaging 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. This summer Rondo signed a one-year, $9 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and is expected to be a mentor for Lonzo Ball.
The Los Angeles Lakers will play their first regular season game on October 18 against the Portland Trail Blazers.