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Friday, April 19, 2019

Rajon Rondo

LeBron James, Rajon Rondo among Lakers at Rams playoff game

LeBron James

LeBron James and Rajon Rondo took advantage of their time off due to injury by attending Saturday’s NFC playoff game between the Rams and Dallas Cowboys in Los Angeles.

Both Lakers players attended the game, as did Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. ESPN even shared video of James at the game, who received notice for his satchel/manbag/European men’s carry-all.

James is out recovering from a groin injury, while Rondo is out recovering from hand surgery. The Lakers have the day off and play on Sunday.

Even though he’s a Los Angeles resident now, remember that James is a Cowboys fan and won’t be rooting for the home team.

Rajon Rondo to reportedly undergo another hand surgery, miss a month

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo cannot seem to keep his shooting hand healthy this season, and the latest injury the Los Angeles Lakers point guard suffered is going to force him to sit out for an extended period again.

Rondo returned to the Lakers’ lineup on Dec. 21 after he underwent surgery to repair a fractured bone in his right hand and missed 17 games. However, he was ruled out of Thursday’s game after suffering a sprained finger on the same hand during L.A.’s win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Rondo will need another surgery on his hand and is expected to be out a month.

Injuries have limited Rondo to just 14 games this season, and he is averaging 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He may have overstepped his bounds a bit while trying to take on a coaching role during his recovery from the first surgery, but that may be the only way he will be able to help the team again for a while.

With LeBron James already expected to miss multiple games because of a groin injury, injuries are piling up for the Lakers.

Rajon Rondo getting closer in return from fractured hand

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo is getting closer in his return from from a fractured hand.

Rondo was cleared to start contact progression with the Los Angeles Lakers. He participated in the team’s practice on Tuesday but limited himself somewhat.

Rondo’s next step would include being cleared for full contact.

The 32-year-old guard has played in 11 games this season but has been out since injuring his hand on Nov. 14. While he’s been injured, Rondo has tried to help the Lakers as somewhat of a coach.

Rondo was initially projected to miss 4-5 weeks and should return before long for the 14-9 Lakers.

Luke Walton had to tell Rajon Rondo to shut up

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo was so into coaching the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night that Luke Walton had to tell him to zip it.

Rondo is out 4-5 weeks recovering from surgery to repair a broken hand. While he’s out, he’s tried to stay involved with the team by acting as if he’s a coach. He was holding a clipboard, huddling with the coaches during timeouts, and standing up during the game.

The Lakers’ real coach, Walton, only allowed Rondo to be part of the coaches’ huddles if he kept quiet. Rondo confirmed that, saying he was told to shut up.

At least Rondo didn’t throw any towels at the coaches.

Rondo has always seemed like a heady player, so it’s no surprise he’d want to be involved with the team in a coaching capacity. Perhaps this is a prelude to what’s to come after he retires.

Rajon Rondo will reportedly undergo hand surgery, be out 3-5 weeks

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo suffered a broken hand during Wednesday night’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Los Angeles Lakers will reportedly be without him for about a month.

According to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, Rondo is scheduled to undergo surgery this week to repair the fracture. Adrian Wojnarowski adds that the recovery timeline for the point guard will be about 3-5 weeks.

Rondo has seen his minutes decline since Lonzo Ball returned to take over the starting point guard job, but the Lakers’ depth will be tested without him. Luke Walton said on Wednesday that he expects to be without Rondo for a few weeks.

After he scored no points on 0-of-4 shooting and had two rebounds and three assists against Portland, Rondo is averaging 8.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game on the season.

Report: Lonzo Ball will remain Lakers’ starting point guard

Lonzo Ball

At least for the moment, Lonzo Ball has wrestled the Los Angeles Lakers’ starting point guard job away from Rajon Rondo.

According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Ball will remain in the starting lineup even after Rondo returns from his three-game suspension. Rondo is eligible to return on Saturday, but he will do so off the bench.

Rondo started the first two games of the season, both Laker losses. He averaged a double-double in those games, but the Lakers have performed better with Ball on the floor. They’re 2-1 with him in the lineup, and he’s provided 12.7 points, 7.3 assists, and 7 rebounds per game during that period. The team also has no concerns about his knee, which he had surgery on during the offseason but has since returned to full strength.

Rondo’s on-court conduct was poor and his off-court conduct has come under scrutiny as well. That’s not why the Lakers are benching him, but it probably doesn’t help. They’ve just performed better with Ball at the point and they’re going to keep him there as long as it stays that way.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey fires back at Rajon Rondo with great tweet

Daryl Morey

Rajon Rondo unloaded on Chris Paul on Tuesday in the wake of both players being suspended for the fight they got into during Saturday night’s game, and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has seemingly come to the defense of his star point guard.

Rondo, who was accused of spitting at Paul before the two traded punches, told ESPN on Tuesday that he did not intentionally spit on Paul and was simply “exasperated” while trying to tell CP3 to get out of his face. He also said he’s not surprised that Paul got suspended for two games compared to Rondo’s three, as the Los Angeles Lakers guard said people have a false impression of the type of person Paul is.

“Everyone wants to believe Chris Paul is a good guy,” Rondo said. “They don’t know he’s a horrible teammate. They don’t know how he treats people. … He comes out and says I spit and the media sides with that.”

Not long after Rondo’s remarks were published, Morey posted a not-so-subtle message on Twitter.

The implication, obviously, is that Rondo is the pot calling the kettle black, or being a hypocrite. Rondo has been accused of being a difficult player for coaches and teammates to deal with, which is something we know Ray Allen would attest to.

For what it’s worth, one former player who played with both Paul and Rondo has sided with Rondo in the feud.