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The Lakers signed Rajon Rondo to a one-year contract this summer.

Rob Pelinka praises Rajon Rondo's "Kobe-level" attention to detail

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Some people have questioned the Los Angeles Lakers' decision to sign Rajon Rondo this summer but his experience could make him an underrated acquisition.

The veteran has always been praised for having a high basketball IQ and that's one of his main attributes that the Lakers are hoping to tap into this season.

They believe having him and LeBron James - arguably the smartest player in the game - together will have a positive impact on the entire franchise.

According to general manager Rob Pelinka, Rondo is already doing exactly that.

Instant impact

Several Lakers players have been working out together at the team's practice facility in recent weeks and Pelinka is impressed with the level of detail that goes into the point guard's work.

He even went as far as to compare him to Kobe Bryant in terms of his meticulousness on the court.

Rondo is one of the best floor generals in the league

“When you look at guys like Rajon Rondo, he’s a basketball savant," he told ESPN Los Angeles.

"All the players in the league know that. He was on our court a day ago and I was watching from my office.

"He was working on one play for two hours. That’s that Kobe-level of detail at breaking down plays.”

Lakers head coach Luke Walton is really hoping that the 32-year-old can teach a thing or two to the young players on the roster.

According to Walton, he's already spent time with Kyle Kuzma to analyse videos from last season and how he can improve defensively.

“Rondo is a natural leader, the way he communicates," Walton said.

"He pulled Kuzma up to the film room and just the two of them, with our film guy, were watching defensive clips on Kuz already in the offseason.”

Despite the pair being completely different players and occupying different roles on the floor, Rondo is still able to offer advice because of his knowledge of the game.

The Lakers will look to Rondo to become a mentor for their youngsters

Helping Lonzo

The franchise will certainly hope that the two-time All-Star can have a major impact on Lonzo Ball, in particular, as they play in the same position and are very similar in their styles.

The NBA champion has already spoken publicly about how he's looking forward to helping last year's number two pick in any way that he can.

But as well as being a mentor off the floor, Rondo can also play an important part on it.

It's unclear if he or Ball will start at point guard but his playmaking ability will be a valuable asset regardless.

He averaged 8.2 assists in the regular season and 12.2 in the playoffs last year with the New Orleans Pelicans.

In a win over the Brooklyn Nets in December, the floor general set a franchise record with a career-high 25 assists - becoming just the seventh player in NBA history to reach that mark.

He'll definitely ease LeBron's ball-handling responsibilities and expertly orchestrate the Lakers offence when he's on the court next year.

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Topics:
Kobe Bryant
Luke Walton
Lonzo Ball
Kyle Kuzma
Rajon Rondo
L.A. Lakers
LeBron James
NBA

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