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Rajon Rondo expected to return in second round?

Rajon Rondo

The Los Angeles Lakers fairly easily dispatched of the Portland Trail Blazers without Rajon Rondo. Now Rondo could be back for the next series.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Monday that the team is hopeful Rondo will return at some point in the second round of the playoffs, per Melissa Rohlin of Sports Illustrated. The Lakers will face either the Houston Rockets or the Oklahoma City Thunder in that series.

Rondo, who fractured his right thumb in mid-July, is back in the bubble and has cleared quarantine. He appeared close to playing in the first round but developed back spasms that ultimately kept him sidelined.

The Lakers seem to be in good spirits right now, and having the former All-Star Rondo back in the lineup should be a further boost for them.

Rajon Rondo a late scratch for Lakers due to back spasms

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo was a late scratch from the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup on Saturday due to back spasms.

Rondo has not played during the Orlando restart since injuring his thumb in a practice on July 12. Rondo was initially expected to miss 6-8 weeks and return at some point during the first round of the playoffs.

The Lakers guard was set to be active for Saturday’s Game 3 until having the back issues during pregame warmups.

Rondo has averaged 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 20.5 minutes per game over 48 contests this season. Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continue to see extra minutes without Rondo available.

Rajon Rondo could return to Lakers as early as first round?

The Los Angeles Lakers are now just 2-4 in bubble play, but the looming return of Rajon Rondo may provide them with a boost sooner than expected.

ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported this weekend that the injured Lakers guard has arrived in Orlando but is outside of the bubble working “diligently” with Kurt Rambis, the team’s senior basketball advisor. Haynes also says that the Lakers are “hopeful” that if Rondo continues rehab without any setbacks, he could possibly re-enter the bubble at some point during the first round of the playoffs.

Re-entering the bubble during the first round does not necessarily mean playing in the first round, as Rondo would still be subject to a quarantine period and would also have to work his way back into game-playing shape. The four-time All-Star suffered a fractured right thumb during an early bubble practice in mid-July and has been sidelined ever since.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, and Quinn Cook have all picked up extra minutes in Rondo’s absence, but none of them have been particularly impressive thus far. The first round will begin on Aug. 17, which is somewhat ahead of Rondo’s original injury timetable.

Lakers ‘very confident’ Rajon Rondo will return some time during playoffs

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo will be out of action for some time, but that does not mean that his entire bubble excursion is lost.

Addressing reporters on Monday, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel addressed Rondo’s fractured right thumb and recovery timetable.

“Losing Rajon is a huge loss for our team. But we expect Rajon to be part of our playoff run,” said Vogel, per Bill Oram of The Athletic. “We’re very confident he’ll be able to get back and be a major factor for us.”

The ex-All-Star Rondo suffered the injury in practice over the weekend and is expected to miss the next six-to-eight weeks. The first round of the playoffs is scheduled to begin in the Orlando bubble on Aug. 17, while the NBA Finals are set to start on Sept. 30. Rondo’s return would likely come somewhere between those two dates if the Lakers are still in contention.

While some veteran guards are already offering their services to the Lakers amid Rondo’s injury, the team is not actually allowed to sign a replacement player for Rondo according to NBA rules. Thus, it is good news that the 34-year-old should still be able to contribute at some point during the playoffs.

Rajon Rondo expected to miss 6-8 weeks with fractured thumb

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo will miss some time for the Los Angeles Lakers after suffering a hand injury on Sunday night.

Rondo suffered a fractured right thumb during practice on Sunday night and will miss 6-8 weeks, according to the team.

That injury timeline will likely lead Rondo to miss the final eight regular season games before the playoffs begin. The Lakers are set to play the Clippers on July 30 for their first of the final eight regular season games being played for seeding. Their final regular season game is scheduled for Aug. 30.

Based on this timeline, Rondo could be ready to return to the team around the second round of the playoffs.

Rondo has averaged 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 20.5 minutes per game over 48 contests this season. His absence would likely result in more playing time for Alex Caruso.

Report: Rajon Rondo suffered ‘significant’ hand injury

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo suffered a “significant” hand injury during a team practice on Sunday night, according to a report.

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Malika Andrews reported about the injury and say Rondo underwent an evaluation of his hand and thumb, and that more should be known on Monday about the extent of the injury.

Rondo, 34, is one of the point guards on the Los Angeles Lakers’ depth chart, along with Alex Caruso and Quinn Cook. He is averaging 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 20.5 minutes per game over 48 contests this season.

Caruso would likely see additional time if Rondo has to miss any game action. The NBA is set to resume its season later this month, with the first games set to be played on July 30. The Lakers are scheduled to meet the Clippers as one of the two showcase games on July 30.

Rajon Rondo not too thrilled about his hotel accommodations in Orlando

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo does not seem too thrilled about his hotel accommodations in Orlando.

Rondo shared a photo on his Instagram Story on Thursday of his hotel room at Disney World in Orlando, where he is staying while competing in the NBA’s resumed season. He wrote on his photo “Motel 6 hun @nba”.

Rondo may have made a typo when spelling it “hun” instead of “huh”, but the comparison to Motel 6 seemed to be what he was doing.

Rondo is probably used to such upscale digs that even a nice hotel room at Disney World feels like Motel 6 to him.

Here’s the difference between Rondo’s room and an actual Motel 6 room in Orlando.

Rondo’s Lakers are staying at the new Gran Destino tower in Disney World, which actually looks pretty nice.

The hotel room may not be up to Rondo’s standards, but it’s far from poor living conditions. He’s not the only one who doesn’t seem too thrilled with things — another one of his teammates also has some thoughts on the bubble.

Kendrick Perkins shares real reason why Rajon Rondo hates Ray Allen

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There has been tension over the years among the 2008 Boston Celtics mostly centering around Ray Allen.

Allen left the Celtics to sign with the rival Miami Heat after the 2011-2012 season, which upset many of his former teammates. Kevin Garnett said at the time that he lost Allen’s phone number. KG still has hard feelings towards Allen over it.

Rajon Rondo is the other former Celtic who has had beef with Allen. Rondo said Allen wasn’t invited to the team’s 10-year anniversary celebration of the 2008 championship. Rondo also took a shot at Allen over the shooting guard’s book.

So why does Rondo hate Allen, aside from Ray leaving for Miami? According to former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, it’s because Rondo found out that Allen supported Boston trading Rondo for Chris Paul.

Perkins shared the story on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

“It was brought to the table, ‘what if we trade Rondo and get CP?’ And KG and Paul (Pierce) were like, ‘no, we ain’t doing that. As great as CP is, we just won the championship. We’re rocking with [Rondo].’ Ray was like, ‘nah, let’s do it.’ And what happened was Rondo ended up finding out about it, and that was it from there,” Perkins said.

“It was even to the point we brought boxing gloves to the gym and we made them box it out.”

Rondo and Allen remained teammates for a few more seasons even after that, but obviously tension continued, and Rondo still was holding a grudge towards Allen a decade later. This story from Perkins helps explain why.

Rajon Rondo fined for kicking Dennis Schroder, verbal abuse of referee

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Rajon Rondo was fined for a trio of infractions committed on Friday night.

Rondo was ejected during the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ win in Oklahoma City. He kicked Dennis Schroder in the groin, cursed at an official, and took his sweet time leaving the court.

All of that amounted to a $35,000 fine from the NBA.

Rondo was playing in just his fifth game of the season for the Lakers. He had eight points, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes before his fourth quarter ejection.

Frank Vogel: Rajon Rondo will be Lakers’ starting point guard for ‘a lot of games’

Rajon Rondo

The Los Angeles Lakers’ lack of non-LeBron James ballhandlers was evident during their opening night loss to the rival LA Clippers, and head coach Frank Vogel may be trying to adjust accordingly.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Vogel said that veteran Rajon Rondo will be the Lakers’ starting point guard for “a lot of games,” likely displacing teammate Avery Bradley in the starting lineup, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

The Lakers trotted out Bradley and Danny Green as their starting backcourt against the Clippers on Wednesday with James handling the de facto point guard duties. Rondo was out with a calf injury and remains questionable for Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz.

After averaging 9.2 points and 8.0 assists per game for the Lakers in 2018-19, Rondo seems poised to play a major role for the team again this season. He may however need to exhibit better leadership than he did at points last year.