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Lakers Make Big Decision About Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo

A closeup of Lonzo Ball in his purple Los Angeles Lakers uniform

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

To begin the season, the Los Angeles Lakers installed Rajon Rondo as the starting point guard. That choice came at the expense of 2017 No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball.

Ball was coming off of a solid rookie year, but the Lakers elected to go with the more veteran Rondo, alongside LeBron James, Brandon Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and JaVale McGee.

Rondo was suspended after just the second game of the season, for his role in the late game fight between the Lakers and Houston Rockets. He got into it with Chris Paul, and allegedly spat on the All-Star point guard after Ingram shoved James Harden.

Rondo is back from suspension, but he won't return to the starting lineup. Ball is sticking around instead.

ESPN's Dave McMenamin broke the news that Lonzo Ball will continue to start over Rajon Rondo.

From his piece:

The Los Angeles Lakers will keep Lonzo Ball in the starting lineup Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs when Rajon Rondo returns to the team after serving a three-game suspension, sources told ESPN.

The Lakers went 2-1 in Rondo's absence with Ball providing steady play on both ends of the court, averaging 12.7 points on 53.6 percent shooting (40 percent from 3), 7.3 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game.

Ball was fresh off of surgery to start the season, which probably contributed to the initial decision. He looks pretty healthy now, and is playing some inspired basketball.

[ESPN]