The Los Angeles Lakers underwent a major facelift over the offseason. Out are players like Montrezl Harrell, Dennis Schroder and Kyle Kuzma – who caused a lot of drama prior to their departures. In are Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo.
Rondo, in particular, has brought an interesting bit of introspection to the Lakers. Because he has been a member of the team before, and given the success he has had, he is well aware of what it takes to win a championship.
As such, his insights on the squad’s current composition and mentality have been fascinating to listen to.
“You can’t pick and choose when you want to be a leader,” he said during a recent interview. “You have to show up every day. Guys are watching, young and old, and you’re being critiqued or judged. Regardless of the outcome of how you feel that morning, you try to show up and be consistent. No one likes a guy that just talks about it. You do it with your work, you do it with your discipline and your consistency.”
That said, there are a lot of veterans in the Lakers’ locker room. A lot of big personalities. As such, it’s important not to come across too overbearing.
“So for me, the most important part is understanding that I don’t know it all and I’m a willing listener, and I can learn from Malik Monk or Trevor Ariza,” Rondo added. “So having an open mindset and not being closed off and thinking you know it all is I think a big key to being a leader, and I think something I’ve grown from in my past.”
The Lakers are still in the running for one or two other veteran pieces. Regardless of whether they ultimately get them or not, it’ll be interesting to see how this group functions come next year. On paper, it seems like it could go either way. In reality? Time will tell.
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