Lakers Training Camp: Luke Walton Noticing Influence LeBron James And Rajon Rondo Are Having On Young Core
Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, 2018 Lakers Media Day
Darrell Ann-LakersNation.com

Heading into the 2018-19 NBA season, LeBron James and Rajon Rondo will lead a Los Angeles Lakers roster that’s comprised of young players on the rise and tough veterans.

SHOP NOW: CHECK OUT THE LATEST MERCH ????????????

While there are questions about the new and different personalities in the locker room, head coach Luke Walton is personally embracing them, the depth, and opportunity to lead such a team.

As the Lakers have improved their depth and want competition at every position, one potential outcome is friction over playing time. However, with training camp fully underway, Walton has already seen the veterans having a positive impact on the young core.

“The first time I really noticed it was, we were doing a controlled scrimmage, and I kind of had younger players versus vets again, and LeBron and Rondo, on every single play, as soon as there was a stop in play, would talk out everything to their teammates; what to do and what’s coming up,” Walton said.

“And the young group was doing the same thing on the free throw line. You could see it starting to take place a little bit.”

For the first time in their young careers, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball are teaming up with two veterans who have played at the very highest level. James and Rondo have made multiple All-Star Game and NBA Finals appearances, and their experiences will only help the young core.

With the Lakers preparing for their 2018 NBA preseason opener against the Denver Nuggets, all eyes will be on the young core and if they can take the next step in their development.

Are you following us on Instagram? We’ve changed our handle to @LakersNationOfficial! Find us on Facebook at @LakersNation, and on Twitter @LakersNation.

You May Also Like

Kobe Will Begin Full-Weight Bearing Running In ‘A Few Weeks’

Exactly one month ago, Kobe Bryant posted a video of himself running…

What Metta World Peace’s 7-Game Suspension Means for the Lakers

Allow me to say, without equivocation, Metta World’s “Peaceful Elbow” was unquestionably…

Lakers News: Anthony Davis & Frank Vogel Talk Necessity Of Going Small Vs. Warriors

The Golden State Warriors present a very unique challenge to most teams as they tend to play a small lineup much of the time…

Report: New Jersey Nets Expected to Deal for Dwight Howard

The news may have just gone from bad to worse for the…