As he was introduced to a roaring ovation from the TD Garden crowd Friday, Rajon Rondo was officially named the 15th captain in Celtics history and the first since Paul Pierce, who held that title from 2003-13.
Rondo played in his first game in nearly a year after having torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Atlanta on Jan. 25, 2013. The Lakers beat the Celtics, 107-104, with Rondo scoring 8 points in 19 minutes.
Lakers star Kobe Bryant said he was glad to see Rondo again, a player Bryant had battled against in two NBA Finals, 2008 and 2010. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.