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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.

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.

NBA decides on suspensions for Lakers-Rockets fight

Chris Paul Rajon Rondo

The NBA has decided on the punishments for the players involved in Saturday night’s fight between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.

Brandon Ingram will be suspended four games, Rajon Rondo three, and Chris Paul two games for their roles in the fight.

The fight occurred in the fourth quarter after James Harden rammed into Ingram, leading Ingram to respond with a shove. Rondo and Paul then got into it, with CP3 thinking Rondo spit on him, leading him to put his hand in Rondo’s face. Rondo responded by throwing punches. Paul threw a few. Then Ingram came in out of nowhere and threw a punch as well.

NBA official Kiki VanDeWeghe was in attendance for the game and witnessed the incident. He is the one who handles league discipline for such matters.

The suspension lengths send a message that the league feels Rondo instigated, but Paul still deserved discipline for engaging and throwing punches. Ingram is being hit the hardest because his involvement in the fight was so out of place and his actions were the most aggressive and unnecessary.

Video appears to show Rajon Rondo spit at Chris Paul

The NBA is in the process of determining what the appropriate punishment should be for those involved in the fight between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets on Saturday, and some video evidence that has emerged is not going to help Rajon Rondo.

After Rondo got into a confrontation with Chris Paul, CP3 claimed what sparked the whole thing was Rondo spitting in his face. While the live broadcast did not appear to show that, a slow motion replay that the Rockets have sent to the NBA league offices indicates Paul was telling the truth.

The Lakers reportedly took Rondo’s side, claiming that it would be almost impossible for him to spit on an opponent since he wears a mouthguard. Based on what that close-up shows, it looks like he figured it out.

If Rondo is suspended for his role in the incident, it would not be the first time he was suspended by the NBA. He was banned earlier in his career for hurling an inappropriate slur at an official, and the league could take that into consideration when determining his punishment for Saturday night’s feud.