It's official now that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed Rajon Rondo on a minimum deal. After winning a ring with the team, Rondo left the Lakers for just a single season. He joined the Lakers' noisy neighbors, the Los Angeles Clippers, but the experiment failed.
With Rondo back on the roster, the team is looking even more dangerous. Although many believe the team is too old and might face consequences during the postseason, it is still not the first time we are seeing such a team form. In fact, many old teams have won NBA championships in the past. And there is no reason why the Lakers can't do the same.
Rondo is clearly excited to be back with the Lakers as he laid out his goals for the upcoming season in an introductory press conference.
"We didn’t get our parade coming off a great year and being a champion," said the 35-year-old. "I want to do it again. I want a parade here in LA. I think this is a special team that can possibly make that happen."
Like Rondo revealed the last time the purple and gold were crowned champion, their parade was ruined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this time around, the situation has improved and whichever team wins the title will surely get a winning parade as per tradition.
Rondo also revealed that he was excited about playing with Russell Westbrook. The Lakers traded for Westbrook earlier in the offseason. It is quite obvious that Russ will be the starting point guard for the team, but Rondo's presence on the bench will definitely take some pressure off him.
Rondo played an instrumental role in the Lakers' 2020 championship run. He averaged 8.9 points and 6.6 assists per game while playing less than 25 minutes a game. This type of production will certainly come in handy come postseason for the organization.
What are your expectations from the Lakers? Do you believe they are the favorites to win the 2022 NBA championship? Will Rondo get his much-awaited winning parade in LA? Let us know your views in the comments section.