LOS ANGELES-Soon George George saw what Rajon Rondo could do for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Rondo entered the Clippers for the first time on Sunday and played 13 minutes off the bench to beat the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center 104-86.
When Rondo was restricted due to an adduction injury, he only had 2 points, 3 rebounds and 4 turnovers. George could see all the intangible assets brought by Rondo.
George said that Rondo’s influence as an organizer can help him and Kawhi Leonard, just as Russell Westbrook helped George when he was in Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City.
When George talked about how he and Leonard benefited from Rondo, he said: “I think we can retain more energy.”
George said that Rondo won the 2008 Boston Celtics and the Lakers last season, and he immediately became one of the most respected leaders in the Clippers locker room.
George said: “Rondo is a leader, you know he is a point guard.” “We want to listen to him. I see him as a leader, the leader of this team. He will bear a lot of burdens. He bears a lot of weight in the locker room. When he becomes more comfortable indoors, our system allows the game to be at his feet, and he will hold us accountable. This is what you need in the locker room , Someone will say what needs to be said and move us forward.”
The Clippers replaced Rondo with Law Williams, hoping that he can improve leadership, basketball IQ and chemistry, and carefully arrange offense-all areas the Clippers lacked in the last playoffs.
Rondo came off the bench on Sunday and made a turnover in the first game, but three seconds later he got a steal and found Nic Batum at the end of the first quarter. ) 3 points for his first assist.
Clippers coach Tay Lu said that since the Atlanta Hawks played the Clippers on March 22, Rondo showed expectations in his first game and looked rusty.
Rondo said that he has worked hard on the court to learn the Clippers’ script and spent the injury of adduction in the training room. Lu said that Rondo had worked in the locker room, trying to figure out where his teammates wanted the ball, including talking to Leonard and George about how to make things easier.
Someone asked him if he had identified areas for improvement in the Clippers winning the championship.
Rondo said: “I can’t analyze it so quickly.” “Obviously, I want to continue to learn from the people around me to understand the coach’s requirements for the players. I can’t say exactly where I need to be . I want to come here to help this as many teams as possible and do everything possible to lead. Obviously, we have a common goal.”
Lu said that he might see Rondo have improved the Clippers’ pace and believes that he will help them get into the Clippers faster and make it easier for Leonard and George to score.
“He will be a key player in our game,” said Marcus Morris Sr., who won 22 points. “This will help us immensely. It will help our superstars to get easier shots and put them in their place, even knowing what to do on defense.”
“He played with my brother [Markieff Morris] Last year, my brother had nothing to say about him as a teammate. Therefore, we are very happy to find him, and I think he will really become an important factor in our efforts to fly the flag. “