Skip Bayless Highlights the Major Flaw in Lakers’ Rajon Rondo Plan

Published 08/30/2021, 4:32 PM EDT
Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) is congratulated after making a three point basket against the Houston Rockets during the first half of game two of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Rajon Rondo is all set to return to Hollywood this summer. Following 2 seasons and 1 championship with the Purple and Gold, Rondo found himself on the ‘team in the basement’ at Staples Center. Moving on from what most consider a season-long hiatus, he returns for his 2nd stint with the Lakers. The PG, traded to Memphis as part of a deal for Eric Bledsoe, was recently bought out by the Grizzlies.

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And what’s better than creating history chasing title #18, and coincidentally, trumping his former franchise in the process! However, while everyone is sold on the Rondo acquisition, Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless isn’t impressed one bit.

Surprise surprise! After parading the veteran’s move to the Clippers at the trade deadline last season, Bayless now turned around to trash the Lakers’ latest move.

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Is Bayless right about the Lakers’ fit?

On the latest episode of ‘Undisputed’ on Fox Sports 1, Bayless went back and forth with NBA analyst Shannon Sharpe over the move. Bayless said, “Is LeBron going to be playing off the ball? There’s another guy named Westbrook who has to have the ball in his hands. So they’re gonna play with 2 basketballs? I don’t know!”

Already giving a verdict on a move, he himself called the Hail Mary for his L.A. Clippers, Skip said – “I’m predicting it’s going to blow up in their face.” 

Attempting to back his argument with logic, Bayless gave a take saying, “There was nobody named Russell Westbrook in the bubble. He disqualifies every good move GM LeBron made this year. And that’s another good move, until you remember he’s backing up Russell Westbrook, who does not like coming out of games. He wants to play high mins, he wants to play 40 plus.”

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Addressing the potential fallout, Skip commented – “If he isn’t he’s going to be unhappy, so you’ll have 2 unhappy campers. Is that what the Lakers want?”

And finally, responding to Sharpe’s argument about the “sacrifice” speech, Bayless took a dig at Westbrook saying, “It’s about sacrifice? He always says that preseason,” then sarcastically commenting “Watch!” 

Is Bayless right? With Westbrook and LeBron both ball dominant, it will come down to ‘Who does LeBron James trust more in the closing minutes of a ball game’? The answer already lies in an over beaten drum in possibly the biggest chemistry experiment of the modern era; sacrifice!

How badly do you want to win an NBA championship?

Is this just another one of Skip’s “I’m a hater” moments?

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Skip, after gloating all of last year’s playoffs about the move as a championship sealer, considering Rondo would immediately “lift” the Clippers now turned around to bash the Lakers. But, as things turned out, all Rajon brought to the table with the Clippers was confrontation with Kawhi and poor performances.

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And since then, it was 1 DNP coach’s decision after another. Will Rondo stick it to the Clippers this year by returning to his old ways as ‘Playoff Rondo’? If he does, it won’t be the first time someone excelled both before and after, but not during their time in “Kawhi-town!”

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Nikhil Naik

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Nikhil Naik is an NBA writer at EssentialySports. Having completed his bachelor's degree in Hospitality, he has worked with the Indian Hotels Company Limited, at the Taj in Mumbai. Nikhil has been playing basketball since 2014.

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