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LeBron James, Rajon Rondo attend Duke-Virginia game

LeBron James

First it was Jay Z, now it’s LeBron James. Everyone wants to watch Zion Williamson up-close.

LeBron and his Los Angeles Lakers teammate Rajon Rondo traveled to Virginia to watch the Cavaliers and Duke Blue Devils play at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday. The game featured the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in the country squaring off.

Virginia’s only loss on the season entering the game came on the road at Duke in January, so credit the Blue Devils for accounting for both of Virginia’s defeats.

The game featured Duke star Zion Williamson and teammate RJ Barrett. On Virginia’s side, De’Andre Hunter is another good NBA prospect.

James is a big sports fan in general, so it’s not too surprising to see him catch a huge college basketball game, especially with his Lakers having the day off prior to their Sunday game in Philly. There are other more intriguing speculative reasons for LeBron being there. He also has a relationship with Coach K and may want his sons to potentially go to Duke. On top of that, James is Klutch Sports’ most prominent athlete and an ambassador for the agency, so there could be speculation about him trying to make an impression on Zion for agent Rich Paul. He’d have some major competition in that realm, though.

Rajon Rondo’s game-winner was just like shot he made with son

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo drilled a game-winning shot at the buzzer on Thursday night to give the Los Angeles Lakers a win over the Boston Celtics that they desperately needed, and the veteran point guard can thank his son for helping to prepare him for the big moment.

Rondo’s game-winner came from the left elbow after Al Horford blocked a Brandon Ingram layup attempt and the loose ball bounced to him. As Silver Screen & Roll highlighted, Rondo made the exact same type of shot while messing around with his son during warmups.

Every rep counts, right?

The Lakers needed a win after all the trade rumors surrounding the team and a rough week that started with a report of fighting following a loss. Rondo was the only player not bothered by having his name mentioned in Anthony Davis trade rumors, and that calming presence appeared to serve LA well on Thursday.

Watch: Rajon Rondo sinks Celtics with buzzer-beater

Rajon Rondo

Leave it to Rajon Rondo to help get the Los Angeles Lakers on track.

Rondo hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer to beat the Boston Celtics 129-128 on Thursday night. The Lakers were holding a 1-point lead before Kyrie Irving made a layup to put Boston ahead. Brandon Ingram got the ball for the Lakers and tried to win things with a layup, but his attempt was blocked. There was a scramble for the ball and Rondo grabbed it. He was able to sink the shot at the buzzer to win it all.

The Lakers badly needed the win. They’ve been through an awful week that started on Saturday night with a report of fighting after a loss. Then there were trade rumors all week that led to the team playing terribly in a 42-point loss to the Pacers on Tuesday. An Anthony Davis trade was not made, meaning several players whose names were included in trade rumors now have to finish out the season with the Lakers. Rondo was the only player not bothered by having his name in the rumors, and he’s showing why — ice water in his veins!

Details of Lakers’ trade offer for Anthony Davis revealed

Anthony Davis wingspan

The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to acquire Anthony Davis in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, and their first offer to New Orleans may not have been satisfactory.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Lakers’ first offer to the Pelicans included Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round pick.

The trade really amounts to Kuzma and Rondo, who each have value, and a first-round pick that probably will be in the mid-to-later part of the round. Lonzo Ball reportedly does not want to go to the Pelicans and has interest in another team if traded. The deal is not especially attractive.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania says the Lakers have offered the Pelicans their choice of two young players — Ball, Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac or Josh Hart — and either Lance Stephenson or Rajon Rondo.

If the Lakers want to get Davis, they would seemingly need to give up multiple high draft picks and/or take on some salary dumps from the Pelicans. Perhaps empowered by Gregg Popovich, the Pelicans do not seem like they will be steamrolled here.

Rajon Rondo expected to return from hand injury on Thursday

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo was expected to miss a month after he suffered a hand injury that required surgery on Christmas Day, and it sounds like the veteran point guard’s recovery is right on schedule.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton said on Monday that Rondo is expected to return to the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, assuming he does not suffer a setback beforehand.

Getting Rondo back would be big for the Lakers, especially now that Lonzo Ball is expected to miss significant time after suffering an ankle injury over the weekend. LeBron James is also still recovering from a groin injury he suffered during the same game Rondo got hurt.

Rondo has appeared in 14 games this season with LA. He is averaging 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Lakers have lost their last two games and desperately need to get healthy, so getting Rondo back would be a big boost.

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.