5个应该续约拉简·隆多的理由

发布:Jerry 时间:2019-05-09 10:38 阅读:237 点击收藏

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作者:Robert Marvi
译者:Jarvis
校对:Lincoin & Jerry

洛杉矶湖人的控球后卫拉简·隆多是一个饱受偏见的球员,而湖人似乎在是否留下隆多的问题上产生了分歧。以下有几个原因是球队为何应该在续约隆多考虑。

在出现魔术师约翰逊辞职、主教练卢克·沃顿被炒以及继任主教练和管理层的不确定性这些问题后,洛杉矶湖人似乎正处于泥潭中的状况已是人尽皆知。

他们从现在至七月底的待办事项清单上列出了许多事情。尽管最重要的是专注于招募他们除勒布朗外急需的第二球星上,他们仍需确保用高质量的引援填充球队名单的剩余空位,既需要年轻球员也需要有经验的老将。

拉简·隆多应该成为其中一员,除非他们签下了像凯里.欧文或肯巴·沃克这样的精英控卫,尤其在关于凯里·欧文将许诺给湖人这夏天的见面机会的新闻被报道后显得更具可能性,但这仍旧是不太可能的。

我知道隆多不再是一个好的防守者,在控球上也不如其他球员那么出色,我也知道他有时候可能会有点易怒,但签下他依旧利大于弊,如果当湖人打算第一次争夺总冠军的时候——这应该是永恒的目标——他也会变得真正有价值。

如果控卫位置上的顶薪没有被使用的话,湖人今夏应该重新签下隆多,这里有五个理由。

5.他仍然是一个很好的球员
隆多仍然是一个竞争者。他依旧是一个很好的传球手、一个擅长近框的终结者、一个优秀的球场指挥官以及一个聪明的球员。

本赛季他场均上场30分钟,得到9.2分、8.8助攻和5.3篮板。在一个缺乏三分射程的球队里,他的三分命中率有35.9%,在队伍里至少在本赛季处在名单中半赛季的球员里排到第二位。有趣的是,这一条件下排第一的是兰斯·史蒂文森(谁会想到居然是他?)。

本赛季他也有他的高光时刻,比如在奥克兰的圣诞大战中,当勇士将湖人19分的领先优势缩小到2分时,是隆多稳住了球队并将优势扩大到了26分,赢下了比赛。谁能忘记他在全明星赛前在波士顿北岸花园球场对老东家凯尔特人的绝杀呢?

湖人需要一些老谋深算的老将,他们可以教会年轻人怎样在关键时刻取胜以及怎样处理困难的情况。隆多就是这样一个老将。

他曾带领凯尔特人在2008年总决赛G4中逆转24分战胜对手并赢得了总冠军。在2010年总决赛G7中,他的凯尔特人在下半场丢掉了13分的领先优势,所以他有着追分和被追两方面的经验。

隆多最近告诉媒体,他意识到科比·布莱恩特是如何带领湖人在那场比赛中取胜的。这就是他能带来的智慧和篮球智商。还记得去年NBA总决赛上勒布朗·詹姆斯是如何说的吗?他说他想和拥有高篮球智商的人做队友,以及这一条件对争夺冠军的影响。

4.郎佐·鲍尔的缺点以及玻璃体质
一方面,我喜欢郎佐·鲍尔。他是一个和任何人都可以加快比赛节奏的球员。我们知道他的传球能力,但谁知道他可以很快成为篮球界的防守高手之一呢?

但我也对他成为优异球员的机会有点怀疑,更不用说成为一个全明星了。在他职业生涯的这个阶段,他是一个容易受伤的人,我不确定如果NBA的其他球员像鲍尔一月份在休斯顿那样扭伤脚踝的话,他们会不会也有韧带撕裂的情况。

因此,湖人需要一个针对他的保险选项。亚历克斯·卡鲁索在赛季末的表现证明了他能担此重任,但让我们给他稍微踩一下刹车吧。他看上去很可靠,即使不是一个很好的三分射手,但他仍然很年轻,并且在NBA的水平上还没有得到证明。

作为在这个位置上有隆多和鲍尔的标志性球队,湖人将确保他们总是有一个指挥队伍和引导节奏的人在场。

在两个赛季164场比赛中,鲍尔的职业生涯至今只打了99场。这一点都不好,我知道你们中的一些人会指出隆多因为两次手部受伤缺席的所有比赛,但他并没有像鲍尔一样,在他13年的职业生涯中那样容易受伤。

3.勒布朗需要在组织和控球方面得到帮助
这个自称是有史以来最伟大的国王的人现在已经34岁了,到了12月底他就要满35岁。尽管他仍然是比赛中最好的球员,但如果他想在接下来的湖人生涯中继续成为一名精英球员,他需要减轻工作量。

他在比赛中的主要职责是控球以及组织。这些年来,不得不带球过半场的任务,尤其是在湖人这样强调快攻的球队里,会严重消耗你的体力,特别是当你还需要每晚砍下至少25到30分时。如果勒布朗想要给自己最好的机会去赢下至少一枚戒指,他需要在比赛中多打无球的背筐单打。

留下隆多会有帮助。伟大的球员不会信任其他人来分担他们的工作,然而由于隆多的能力和经验,他不仅有能力控球,而且大部分时间都在和勒布朗一起打球。

在科比的大部分生涯里,他不得不把球带到前场,成为湖人实际上的控球后卫,即使他不喜欢这样。当他30多岁的时候,湖人也没能带来一个熟练的控球后卫来解放他。

当他们2012年引进史蒂夫·纳什时,已经太晚了,因为34岁的黑曼巴几个月后的跟腱撕裂实际上葬送了他的生涯。

勒布朗现在的年龄和他一样。由于没有对现代NBA进行适应和运营,湖人的管理层受到了很多批评。你不认为现在是时候让他们从过去的错误中吸取教训,更好地管理他们特权球员身上的负担,尤其是在他经历职业生涯第一次大伤之后吗?

2.他可能是控球后卫上最现实的选择
我们中的很多人对湖人今夏签下大牌自由球员不是很自信。俗话说,双鸟在林不如一鸟在手。隆多在赛季末曾说过他想要留在湖人。

不论是天赋还是身体状况,凯里·欧文都可能是一个梦幻选项。虽然他最近与勒布朗——他在克利夫兰的前队友——冰释前嫌,但你真的能说你期待他在7月签约吗?

最近,我在这里写了一篇文章,关于为什么湖人比快船更有吸引力。

你们中的一些人说评论说,这是一个扭曲的,甚至完全错误的观点。我接受这种批评,尤其是后来魔术师约翰逊的辞职给他们的管理层造成了权力真空以及缺乏稳定的表象后,这意味者他们的吸引力在仅仅几周后变得更低。

如果他们选择了任何顶级自由球员,特别是一个控球后卫或者甚至是一个像吉米·巴特勒一样的后卫,隆多会变成必需。

你还想要谁?帕特里克·贝弗利是一个好的角色球员,非常活跃,但他的技术有限。自由球员的其他选项似乎是像特雷·博克、赛斯·库里、泰里克·埃文斯以及林书豪这样的球员,他们都是可靠的球员,但要么缺乏隆多的技术和经验,要么就是可能要花更多的钱。

这个赛季9百万的工资对隆多来说可能算是降薪了。如果湖人在这个夏天做出了重大引援,并且仍旧有空间留给隆多,可能隆多会至少考虑一下降薪来继续穿着紫金战袍。

1.季后赛的隆多会更强

湖人是一支渴望夺冠的球队。仅仅在季后赛“搞点动静”,甚至进入总决赛对他们来说都是远远不够的。

这就是隆多将成为一个重要因素的原因。

到目前为止,他们将依靠像鲍尔、英格拉姆、库兹马、卡鲁索和哈特这样的球员去成为年轻核心,但他们都没有在季后赛打过一分钟比赛。经验是很重要的,有一个场上指挥官来做这件事真的会很有帮助。

正如前面所提到的,隆多已经打过两次总决赛了,我们记得那些与凯尔特人的经典比赛。你无法传授经验,但当NBA季后赛的耀眼光芒可能会让年轻人迷失或困惑时,隆多的存在可以帮助他们保持冷静和镇定。

他在季后赛也往往打得更好。在他的生涯中,在常规赛的31.7分钟里,他场均10.4分、4.8篮板、8.5助攻。在NBA的“第二个赛季”里,他将这些数据提高到14分、6.1个篮板和9.3助攻,场均37.6分钟。在整个季后赛中,他两次在场均助攻上领先联盟——2012年和去年(2018年)。
(在你们这些数据呆子想要指出隆多常规赛和季后赛场均出场时间的差异前,隆多在季后赛中的每36分钟数据依旧比常规赛更加出色。)2010年的NBA季后赛可以说是他的亮相派对,他场均15.8分、5.6篮板、9.3助攻的同时甚至在三分线外射出了37.5%的命中率,带领波士顿冲击他们三个赛季里的第二个NBA总冠军。

正如我们所知,在季后赛中,教练缩短了他们的轮换并把大部分的比赛时间分给了他们最强的七八个球员。如果湖人明年六月在密尔沃基、多伦多、费城、波士顿甚至纽约争夺总冠军的话,谁会让你更愿意让他打关键的几分钟?是久经沙场的隆多,还是之前我所提到的那些球员中的任何一个?

原文:
Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Reasons Rajon Rondo should be re-signed

by Robert Marvi

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo is a polarizing player, and Lakers Nation seems split on keeping him around. But there are several reasons why the team should at least consider resigning him.

I don’t need to tell anymore that the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be in turmoil right now behind the resignation of Magic Johnson, the loss of head coach Luke Waltonand the uncertainty behind who will succeed him and just who is in charge in the front office.

They have a lot of things on their to-do list between now and late July. While most are focusing on their pressing need for a second legit star next to LeBron, they also will need to make sure the rest of the team is stocked with quality complementary players, both young and experienced.

Rajon Rondo should be one of them, barring the signing of an elite point guard like Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker, which now seems more possible given the report that Irving will grant the Lakers a meeting this summer, but is still unlikely.

I know Rondo is not a good defensive player anymore and that he got beat off the dribble quite a bit, and I know he can be a little prickly sometimes. But his benefits outweigh his downsides, and he would be really valuable if and when the Lakers are ready to compete for a world championship for the first time in what seems like forever.

Here are five reasons that the Lakers should re-sign Rondo this summer if a max contract isn’t used on a point guard.

5. He’s still a pretty good player
Rondo is still a gamer. He’s still a very good passer, skilled at finishing around the basket, a nice floor general and a very smart player.

In about 30 minutes per game this season, he averaged 9.2 points, 8.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds. On a team that struggled mightily from 3-point range, he shot 35.9 percent from out there, which ranked second on the team among players who were in the lineup for at least half of the season. Interesting enough, first in that category was Lance Stephenson (who would’ve thunk it?).

He had his moments this season, such as the Christmas Day game in Oakland when the Warriors cut the Lakers’ 19-point lead to two before Rondo got the team stabilized and contributed in a huge way to a 26-point win. And who can forget his improbable game-winning shot in the Boston Garden right before the All-Star break against his old team?

The Lakers need some wily veterans who can teach the young guys how to win in crucial moments and how to handle difficult situations. Rondo is one of those veterans.

He won a world championship with the Celtics in 2008 as they overcame a 24-point deficit in Game 4 of that year’s NBA Finals. In Game 7 of the 2010 championship series, his Celtics choked away a 13-point lead in the second half, so he has that experience on both sides.

Rondo recently told the media that he realized how Kobe Bryant figured out how to lead the Lakers to a comeback win in that game. That’s the wisdom and basketball IQ he can bring to the table.

Remember how in last year’s NBA Finals LeBron James talked about wanting to play with teammates who had a high basketball IQ, and how that’s integral to winning a title?

4. Lonzo Ball is flawed and injury prone
On one hand, I like Lonzo Ball. He’s a unique player who can speed up the tempo of the game as well as almost anyone. We know about his passing ability, and who knew he’d quickly become one of the better defensive guards in basketball?

But I’m also pessimistic about his chances of becoming a very good player, let alone an All-Star. To this point of his career, he is injury prone, and I’m not sure if many other NBA players would have suffered a complete ligament tear if they rolled their ankle in the exact same way that Ball did in Houston in January.

Therefore, an insurance policy is needed for him. Alex Caruso emerged late in the season and proved he can play, but let’s pump the brakes on him a bit. He looks like a real solid, if not a really good third-string point guard, but he is still very young and unproven at the NBA level.

By having a tag team combo of Ball and Rondo at that position, the Lakers will make sure they always have someone capable of running the team and dictating the tempo.

Lonzo Ball has played in only 99 of a possible 164 games so far in his career. That is not good at all. I know that some of you will point out all the games Rondo has missed this season due to two separate hand injuries, but he has not been near as injury prone as Ball has been throughout his 13-year career.

3. LeBron needs help with playmaking and ball handling
The man who calls himself The King and Greatest of All Time is now 34 years of age, and in late December he’ll turn 35. Although he’s still arguably the best player in the game right now, his workload needs to be eased if he will continue to be an elite player for the remainder of his Lakers tenure.

The main area of his game that he needs to delegate to teammates is ball handling and playmaking. Over the years, the task of having to bring the ball upcourt, specifically on a fast break team like the Lakers, takes its toll on you, especially when you also have to score at least 25-30 points a night.

If LeBron wants to give himself the best chance of winning at least one more ring, he needs to move his game more off the ball and post up more often.

Keeping Rondo in the fold will help with that. The great ones don’t trust just anyone to share their workload with, and Rondo, by virtue of his ability and experience, is more than qualified to handle the ball and dictate the tempo the majority of the time he’s on the floor with LeBron.

For most of his career, Kobe Bryant had to bring the ball upcourt and be the Lakers’ de-facto point guard, even though he hated it. As he got into his 30s, the Lakers failed to bring in a skilled point guard who could relieve him of that duty.

When they acquired Steve Nash in 2012, it was too late, as the 34-year-old Black Mamba tore his Achilles months later, effectively ending his career.

LeBron is the same exact age now. With all the criticism the Lakers front office has been getting for not evolving and adjusting to the modern NBA, don’t you think it’s time for them to learn from their past mistakes and better manage the load of their franchise player, especially since he’s coming off the first significant injury of his pro career?

2. He may be the most realistic option at point guard
Many of us are not really confident about the Lakers’ ability to sign a big-time free agent this summer. As the saying goes, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Rondo said late in the season that he’d like to remain a Laker.

Kyrie Irving may be the dream option, both in terms of talent and fit. Although he has recently ended his beef with LeBron, his former teammate in Cleveland, can you really say that you expect him to sign on the dotted line come July?

Recently, I wrote an article here about why it could be argued that the Lakers are a more attractive free agent destination than the Clippers.

Some of you commented that it was a warped or even flat-out wrong viewpoint. I accept that criticism, especially since the subsequent resignation of Magic Johnson has given their front office the appearance of having a power vacuum and lacking stability, meaning that they would seem less attractive than they did just weeks ago.

If they strike out on any top-tier free agents, particularly one at point guard or even an off guard like Jimmy Butler, Rondo becomes almost an absolute must.

Who else would you want? Patrick Beverly is a nice role player and really feisty, but his skills are limited. The other options in free agency seem to be guys like Trey Burke, Seth Curry, Tyreke Evans and Jeremy Lin, all of whom are solid players but either lacks the skills or experience that Rondo has or would possibly cost more money.

At $9 million this season, Rondo was probably a bargain. If the Lakers make a major addition this summer and still have room for him, perhaps Rondo will at least consider taking a pay cut to remain with the purple and gold.

1. Playoff Rondo is a thing
The Lakers are a franchise that cares about one thing, and one thing only: winning world championships. It’s not enough for them to “make some noise” in the playoffs, or even to reach the NBA Finals.

This is where Rondo will be a big factor.

As of now, they’ll be relying on guys like Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Caruso and Josh Hart to be key contributors, none of whom have played a single minute in the postseason. Experience matters, and it really helps to have a floor general who’s been there and done that.

As previously mentioned, Rondo has been to the championship series twice, and we remember those classic battles with the Celtics. You can’t teach experience, but Rondo’s presence can help keep the young guys calm and even-keeled when the bright lights of the NBA Playoffs threaten to blind or discombobulate them.

He also tends to play better in the playoffs. For his career, he’s averaged 10.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists in 31.7 minutes during the regular season. During the NBA’s “second season”, he has upped those numbers to 14 points, 6.1 rebounds and 9.3 assists in 37.6 minutes per game. Twice he’s led the league in assists per game for an entire postseason – in 2012 and just last year (2018).

(Before you stat geeks try to point out the discrepancy in Rondo’s regular season and playoff minutes played, Rondo’s per 36 playoff numbers are still higher than his per 36 regular season numbers)

In the 2010 NBA Playoffs, arguably his coming-out party, he posted 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 9.3 assists and even shot 37.5 percent from downtown en route to taking Boston to the brink of their second NBA championship in three seasons.

As we all know, during the playoffs, coaches shorten their rotations and give most of the playing time to their top seven or eight guys. If the Lakers are playing for the NBA title next June in Milwaukee, Toronto, Philly, Boston or even NYC next June, who would you rather have playing significant minutes: the battle-tested Rondo, or one of the guys I mentioned in the last slide?

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