Rajon Rondo Pokes Fun at Lakers’ Age Critics

Published 09/01/2021, 10:55 AM EDT


We have finally received the confirmation that Rajon Rondo is back at the Lakers. After spending a season away from his championship-winning franchise, he has now returned on a $2.6 million contract. However, his addition to the roster came under questionable circumstances. Among the 16 players on the roster, there are only six players who are below the age of 30. Whereas the management claimed that they want to go younger. Hilariously, even the player himself acknowledged this issue. However, he did not describe it as an issue rather he said it was an advantage.

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) sits on the court with his son after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After splitting last season between the Hawks and Clippers, Rondo returns to the Lakers. The Clippers traded him to the Grizzlies as a part of the deal for Eric Bledsoe, following which he agreed to a contract buyout with the Grizzlies. He officially signed with the Lakers on Tuesday, after clearing his waivers. He’ll back up Russell Westbrook to provide some depth in the guard position.

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Rajon Rondo jokes about his place on the Lakers Roster

In an interview with ESPN, Rajon Rondo spoke about the specialties of the Lakers roster.

“Wisdom is definitely key to winning a championship,” Rondo said. “We have a lot of that, obviously, with the age and experience on the court. I’m most excited about not being the oldest guy on the team anymore. I’m actually probably bottom-five now.

“So that’s a big step for me going from two months ago I was the oldest guy on the team and now I’m one of the young guys.”

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We can see the moves for an experienced roster as beneficial in the short run. However, the roster turnover in the coming seasons will be immense for the Lakers. They are evidently going to struggle with longevity; their age will be a point of contention throughout the season, and a successful start is unlikely to change that. However, if they can win a title with their veteran-heavy lineup, the narrative about older teams may alter completely.

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