Lakers Reportedly Decide On Starting PG For Beginning Of Season

Rex Christensen
September 26, 2018

Lakers coach Luke Walton told ESPN the team's decision to start Rondo was made as a cautionary approach to Ball's recovery.

Veteran Rajon Rondo is expected to begin the season as the Los Angeles Lakers' starting point guard ahead of prized second-year man Lonzo Ball, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

Ball started 50 games for the Lakers at point guard as a rookie last season, and played in only 52 games.

Spectrum SportsNet reported last week Ball won't be ready for 5-on-5 drills as training camp starts this week. Here's what he said via SilverScreenAndRoll.com.

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Rajon Rondo signed with the Lakers in free agency after a season with the Pelicans. He is not yet cleared to scrimmage, Walton said. The Lakers are not going to rush Ball back due to his arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent back in July.

The Lakers will open their season with a road game against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 18, followed by their home-opener against the Houston Rockets on the 20th. Luckily for the Lakers, both Ball and Rondo are certainly capable starters, and they might push each other to perform at a higher level. When it comes down to crunch time in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter, who is playing will be the real indicator of the "starting" point guard.

People couldn't tell exactly what the former Cavs star told Ball discussion was about because both were covering their mouths as though they were a baseball battery deliberating on what the next pitch should be.

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