Clippers’ New Signing Rajon Rondo Reveals What Surprised Him The Most About Kawhi Leonard

Published 04/04/2021, 1:39 AM EDT
Feb 7, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) controls the ball against the Sacramento Kings during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Clippers finally brought in their off season target Rajon Rondo to the team this trade deadline. Clippers might have lost a key player in Lou Williams but given their playmaking woes, bringing in a floor general like Rondo seems worth taking the risk.

Kawhi Leonard and Co. finally have a competent point guard. Given his experience in two championship runs, the organisation will hope that the veteran guard can take them over the hump.

Rajon Rondo speaks about Clippers’ teammate Kawhi Leonard

Rondo recently made an appearance at ESPN’s the Jump. There, the 35-year-old spoke about a host of things. When the discussion shifted to the Klaw, Rondo revealed how the 2-time Finals MVP shocked him.

“His passing ability is unreal you know I didn’t expect him to be such a great passer and a willing passer and I said something to him yesterday and he was like he looked at me like, ‘you know i got it all’ and i was like, ‘oh okay my fault.”

“It was just funny kind of understanding that like you know he is is who he is and uh seeing him up close in person, I appreciate his game even more.”

Kawhi has done it all this season for the Clippers. Not only is he the primary scoring option, he is also the team’s second-best distributor, having a career-high in assists averaging 25.9 points, 4.9 assists, and 6.4 rebounds per game.

But come playoff time, all of this load might be a tad bit too much on the Klaw. The Clippers will hope that two other players step up in these situations; Paul George and Rajon Rondo.

Dec 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) celebrates with forward Serge Ibaka (9) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during a timeout in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George has been in great form this season. In the 37 games he has played, he is averaging 22.3 points, 5.5 assists, and 6.3 rebounds per game. Coach Ty Lue will hope that he can replicate the same form in the playoffs.

Rondo can be a big help in these situations as well. Especially given his track record in playoffs, the veteran guard can be a big time closer for Clippers, which has been their biggest lacuna for the past two seasons. He is also a big vocal leader; exactly the thing the Clippers need right now.

Clippers have all the elements to be a championship team. Will Rajon Rondo lead Kawhi & Co. to their first championship in their franchise history?



Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.