On Tuesday, the 35-year-old PG expressed his excitement about no longer being only the resident old-head.
"I'm most excited about not being the oldest guy on the team anymore," he said,
Rondo says he’s probably one of the “bottom-five youngest” players on the Lakers 😅 pic.twitter.com/o9ZgBlrOXi
— ESPN (@espn) August 31, 2021
">per ESPN. "...That's a big step for me going from two months ago. I was the oldest guy on a team. Now, I'm considered one of the young guys."
Rondo, who finished this past season as the oldest member of the Los Angeles Clippers, signed a one-year deal with the Lakers on Monday. The four-time All Star spent two seasons with the Lakers as a backcourt leader alongside fellow veteran LeBron James from 2018-20.
This offseason, the Los Angeles front office made a slew of veteran acquisitions -- making them the oldest team in the league. In addition to Rondo, Carmelo Anthony (37), Trevor Ariza (36), Dwight Howard (35), Wayne Ellington (33), Kent Bazemore (32) and Russell Westbrook (32) were all added to the Lakers' roster in the past few months.
With this aging roster, many people have cast doubts on this 2021-22 Lakers squad.
Rondo shot down those naysayers this afternoon.
"I'm not worried about anything, or the spectators that say age makes a difference" he said. "I think the mind is going to key in why we win this year."