Rajon Rondo wants to be ‘first to win’ titles with both Celtics, Lakers
Rajon Rondo obviously would love to win a second NBA title. But the Los Angeles Lakers guard recently made note of the potential historical significance of winning one with his new team following a championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.
“I need another ring,” Rondo said this week, via ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “It’s simple. I want to be the first to win for the two most historic franchises that’s ever put a basketball to use. So, I got one in Boston and I’d love to get one with this organization.”
The Lakers and Celtics of course have enjoyed a fantastic championship rivalry in previous eras, and the notion that Rondo could become the first player to win a ring with both teams — since the Lakers have called L.A. home — certainly is an interesting aside. Interestingly, the Lakers were the team the Celtics dispatched in the 2008 NBA Finals.
All that said, odds certainly appear stacked against the Lakers hoisting the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy following the 2018-19 NBA season, even with LeBron James leading the way. The Western Conference is stacked and the Lakers are expected to experience some growing pains this season before perhaps emerging as legitimate contenders down the road.
Still, Rondo has been left encouraged by the Lakers so far.
“I love what I’ve seen,” Rondo said. “We got some dogs. We got a lot of dogs. And we got a lot of young, great talent, and we got the best player in the world. We got some good chemistry, a good mix, and we got to find a way to put it together.”
Rondo was sure to make note of the uniqueness of donning the Lakers’ purple and gold after wearing Celtics’ green, not to mention the honor of playing for two of the NBA’s most iconic franchises.
“You expect certain teams, certain franchises [to be like this],” Rondo said. “Obviously, playing for Boston that was probably the best experience I’ve had since I’ve [been in the league]. And now here. Obviously, all the teams I’ve played for, they do have great organizations, but none touch this.”