Feels great to Welcome Rondo back to the Lakers show.
What a pity we let go of Dudley who is an excellent glue guy the past 2 seasons. I will not blame him for not being able to get Schroder and Harrell checked in. When a player's ego is so big that they omit the team's interest for his own benefits, no one can change them. Schroder's agenda has never have the champion on top priority. What he looked for was big fat contract while harrell wanted playing time and did not realisze/recognize his own shortcomings. Both of them were not willing to sacrifice their own playing time and/or change their playing style for the team's success and, finally, their ego ruined team chemistry and morale.
When guys have the same goal, Dudley seems to have the charisma to sooth the problems met by getting guys in sync and gets along with guys to build great chemistry.
Rondo cannot replace the glue guy function Dudley did. He is a vocal guy to point out the problem, not the guy to unite the team as one. Don't get me wrong, Dudley is gone and our team is filled with veterans who are mature and have the same goal to win it all. James is already a glue guy as we know from past history. So, I don't think we have a big problem there. It is simply no one on this team can relieve James from this duty.
Hope we go younger with the 2 spots left unless for some high quality player not elder than 31.