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Lonzo Ball has put on 20 pounds of muscle, which could help when the Lakers pair him in lineups with Rajon Rondo

Lonzo Ball has put on 20 pounds of muscle, which could help when the Lakers pair him in lineups with Rajon Rondo
Published On: Wed, Oct 10
Mar 27, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) dribbles against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings won 133-111. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY.

Last month, beforeA Lonzo BallA was cleared to return to the lineup for theA Los Angeles Lakers,A LeBron JamesA was already coming up with nicknames for the pairing ofA Balland fellow point guardA Rajon Rondo.

a€œLonzo is going to be great. Hea€™s going to be great for our ball club. We got two great point guards in a€˜Zo and a€˜Do,a€A JamesA said.

That cringeworthy nickname attempt wasna€™t necessarily in preparation for a lineup that would feature both players, but at the Lakersa€™ practice on Tuesday, head coachA Luke WaltonA revealed that we can expect to seeA BallA andA RondoA share the floor at times now thatA BallA is healthy.

a€œI cana€™t tell you how much because we havena€™t really seen it yet, but there will definitely be times that we put that kind of lineup out there. Those two, LeBron, Brandon (Ingram), thata€™s as good of playmaking as we have, so wea€™ll figure that out, but I have no idea how much wea€™ll do it,a€ Walton said.

But while the Lakersa€™ still have to evaluate how the pairing does in reality, in the theoretical realm, aA RondoA and Ball pairing looks like it could work, especially now that Ball is bulking up.

On Lakers Media Day, basically everyone on the team wasA raving about how much stronger Ball looks, and on Tuesday he said his extra muscle had taken him from 190 pounds to 205 or 210.

a€œYou can feel a big difference,a€ Ball said. a€œIt helps a lot. You get to the basket easier, switch better guarding bigs. We play one through four switch, so it helps me a lot.a€

In addition to switching onto bigger players, Balla€™s extra strength seems like it could allow him to just straight up switch to shooting guards as a default in lineups where hea€™s paired with Rondo, and people much smarter than this author agree.

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