VIDEO: Lakers’ LeBron James pretends to block Rajon Rondo’s layup
James faked a block attempt of a Rajon Rondo layup after Rondo used a slick alley-oop fake to freeze Hawks rookie Cam Reddish and free himself for an easy bucket at the rim.
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Rondo’s ball fakes are among the best signature moves in league history. He uses his creativity as a passer to set defenders up as he drives to the basket. This one was from last season:
The Rajon Rondo ball-fake! #LakeShow
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Rondo has had no trouble adjusting to a bench role since he returned from injury on Nov. 12. He entered Sunday’s contest averaging 7.9 points, 5.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals in just over 21 minutes per game. Perhaps more surprisingly, Rondo has made 47.5 percent of his 3-point attempts on close to three attempts per contest.
The four-time All-Star is known for his unabashed nature and willingness to speak his mind, but he has excelled off the bench and is yet another crucial veteran for the Lakers. In fact, he has even taken to observing head coach Frank Vogel, praising him for his communication and leadership (via Sam Amick of The Athletic):
“He calls guys out. He teaches the right way, with constructive criticism. And like I said, the guys are so receptive. So then you go out on the court, and we go over it, and next thing you know it shows up in the game. It’s the repetition of what he does in that room, and how it translates to the court, which is big,” Vogel said of Rondo.
“I haven’t seen a group of guys (like this) who gravitate to a coach who’s brand new, with a new system and a lot of first-year guys coming together. We’ve all bought in.”
Rondo is seemingly growing more mature with age, and he is an instrumental piece in Los Angeles’ quest for an NBA championship.
But he is hardly afraid to pull out some of his old tricks.