This season, Rajon Rondo will play a crucial role as one of the veteran leaders on a young, up-and-coming Lakers team. However, before signing with Los Angeles this summer, Rondo wasn’t the most popular guy in town because of his time with the Boston Celtics.
Rondo was part of two memorable matchups against Los Angeles in the NBA Finals, with the two teams splitting their meetings. The last of which was in 2010, when Kobe Bryant and the Lakers got revenge. The series went the distance, and the Lakers overcame a significant deficit in Game 7 to win the title. Rondo revealed to Mike Trudell that he learned of Bryant solving the Celtics as proving the difference.
“It’s interesting, I just found out something about Kobe, what he did in the 2010 championship Game 7. How he broke the game down and figured out how to beat us. I can’t give you the insight on that, but I just found that out. Like, maybe 45 minutes ago. It kinda pissed me off a little bit. It’s part of it, but it’s craziness. It’s amazing how he thinks the game, and it’s fun to know that.”
As we all know, the Lakers took that series-clinching victory behind Bryant’s 23-point, 15-rebound performance. Unfortunately, Rondo refused to expound on the details but admitted it might have been an on-the-fly type of breakthrough moment for his former nemesis.
“I don’t know if it was going into the game, but it was told to me that he had to figure it out during the game,” he added. “He wasn’t himself. So he had to figure out a different way to win the game.”
Perhaps that bit of information remains relevant to this day, which is why Rondo is unwilling to speak openly about. Whatever the case may be, all Lakers supporters can hope for is it somehow gives the 32-year-old some additional insight on how to help the team stack up wins this season.