Shams Charania: New Orleans guard Rajon Rondo underwent surgery on his sports hernia injury and will miss 4-to-6 weeks, league sources tell The Vertical.
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Sean Kelley: Buckle up for this one. Coach Gentry says Rajon Rondo has a sports hernia. Will be seeing a specialist regarding next step. #Pelicans
Mark Murphy: Rondo now officially listed as inactive.
Gary Washburn: Rajon Rondo remains OUT for Game 6. #Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he would be unlikely for a Game 7. #Bulls #Celtics
Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo is out for Game 6 of a first-round series with the Boston Celtics, according to team PR.
KC Johnson: On a conference call, Fred Hoiberg said “nothing has changed” regarding Rondo, who will work out but “is a longshot” to return in series.
Jay King: Rajon Rondo and Cameron Payne will be inactive for the Bulls, per Hoiberg. No surprise in either case.
Nick Friedell: Rondo says he will not play tonight.
Jay King: Rondo didn’t rule out a Game 6 return.
Jay King: Rondo: “I think I’m Wolverine but it hasn’t actually healed.”
KC Johnson: Hoiberg said Rondo “has a significant amount of swelling and soreness.” Hoiberg reiterates its “longshot” that he returns.
Rondo took steps Tuesday night to return from a fractured right thumb and attempt to play in Game 5 of the Bulls’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics, league sources told The Vertical. Around Rondo and the Bulls, there’s belief that the four-time All-Star has a chance to return but a final determination has not been made, league sources said.
Rondo received a two-week timetable to return from doctors last Friday, but one source described his desire to play as “guts and determination.” He replaced his cast with a thumb splint on Monday and shot jumpers and dribbled with both hands Tuesday.
Marc Stein: Story posting now w/ @Marc J. Spears: Sources say Rajon Rondo had a private workout Tuesday night in Boston to keep testing his ailing hand
Marc Stein: Sources say Rondo wants to play “bad” in Wednesday’s pivotal Game 5 but he may opt to wait until Game 6 depending on tomorrow’s evaluations.
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: Chicago’s Rajon Rondo preparing to attempt to play in Game 5 against Boston. Final decision TBD, but there’s chance.
Vincent Goodwill: Rondo is shooting corner 3’s right now…with his left hand. Easy, guys
Carlos Douglas Jr.: Rajon Rondo on possibly playing in Game 5 & beyond: “I’m just trying to get better each day. Only God knows if I’ll be back hoopin.” #Bulls
“It couldn’t have come at a worse time,” Rondo said after Game 3 about his fractured thumb that likely will keep him out the rest of this series. “Things happen for a reason; it is what it is. I’m not sure how long I’ll be out. I plan on healing pretty quickly, but the doctors tell me a couple of weeks, so we’ll see how it goes week to week. “Depends on what I can tolerate,” Rondo added. “I’ll check it every two days, see if I can pick up a ball. But right now I can’t even use a fork with my thumb. So it’s going to take a couple days to see how I feel and hopefully things get better. When I tried to pick a ball up it was pretty painful. I knew something was wrong. My finger was blue.”
“I knew right then there was something wrong with my thumb,” said Rondo. “I continued to play, I didn’t think nothing of it. It was painful, but it’s the playoffs. I felt it right away, but I was able to push the ball with my left hand up the floor. I still made a couple of passes, but I was locked into the game and played through the pain. “I do (consider myself a fast healer),” Rondo said. “I’ve had a couple of problems with my right hand the last month of the season. I was able to take a couple of days off and let it heal on its own or it got a little bit better, so I’m hoping it’s the same thing with my thumb; we’ll see.
KC Johnson: Hoiberg said MCW is backup PG.
Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo suffered a fractured right thumb in Game 2 against the Boston Celtics and will be out indefinitely, the team said Friday.
Vincent Goodwill: Rondo is playing and will start, with Wade, Butler, Lopez and Mirotic. For the Nets…Dinwiddie, Foye, LeVert, Hamilton and Hollis-Jefferson
For Rondo, 24 hours before a game, his recovery from a right wrist sprain is still undetermined, as he went through some contact at Tuesday’s practice but wouldn’t go as far as saying he would definitely play. “I might (play),” said Rondo when asked by a media member “might you play tomorrow,” as he clearly likes the play of words.
“It’s not as painful as it was two days ago,” Rondo said. “I’m confident in my team, but I do want to play. I miss playing the game. I miss getting up and down. But I’m gonna try to do the right thing for myself and for the team.”
Fred Hoiberg says Rajon Rondo has ‘significant’ wrist injury. Rondo had visit with hand specialist today. Rondo is out tonight vs. Magic — sounds doubtful for Wednesday vs. Nets.
Nick Friedell: Hoiberg says Rondo still has stiffness in his wrist. He is out today. He’ll get another treatment tomorrow and then be re-evaluated.
KC Johnson: Rondo said he’d return when he can manage pain, not when wrist fully heals. “It’s my dominant hand. So just taking it a day at a time.”
Nick Friedell: Rondo on his wrist: “Right now it just doesn’t feel right.”
Vincent Goodwill: Rondo is out tonight. Will get treatment over the next few days. Zipser will start at 3, Butler slides to 2
Nick Friedell: Fred Hoiberg says Rajon Rondo (ankle) will not play tonight.
Nick Friedell: Rajon Rondo said his left ankle felt “all right” after missing the past two games because of the injury. He is listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs. the Lakers.
Kerry Eggers: Rajon Rondo (ankle) will not play tonight for Chicago against the #Blazers Second-year PG Jerian Grant will start in his place.
Nick Friedell: Hoiberg said Rondo hurt his ankle during Monday’s practice. es.pn/2eYqcXg
James Ham: Rajon Rondo is officially out tonight.
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October 18, 2017 | 6:10 am EDT Update
What does LeBron James owe the city of Cleveland? “LeBron James owes nobody anything. Nobody. When my mother told me I don’t owe her anything, from that point in time, I don’t owe anybody anything. But what I will give to the city of Cleveland is passion, commitment, and inspiration. As long as I put that jersey on, that’s what I represent. That’s why I’m there—to inspire that city. But I don’t owe anybody anything.”
Veteran forward Richard Jefferson is signing a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Denver Nuggets. Jefferson confirmed the deal in a text message to The Vertical. “I picked Denver because I believe in what they are doing and building and believe I can add and contribute on and off the court to their nucleus in a positive way,” Jefferson told The Vertical.
Peter Vecsey: Contrary to counterfeit reports by ESPN and Yahoo, Bobby Portis did not “cheap shot” Nikola Mirotic at Bulls’ practice this afternoon, a source attests. Nonetheless, there is no denying it was a damaging one-punch knockdown. The Montenegro forward was taken to the hospital with a concussion and facial fractures that will require surgery, and is out indefinitely. Mirotic initiated the skirmish. “He was the aggressor, not Portis,” I am informed. “Mirotic shoved Portis twice, maybe three times. When Portis retaliated with a hard shove, Mirotic charged him. Portis put him down.”
LeBron James said the Cleveland fan base gave Kyrie Irving a pretty easy time during his first return trip to Quicken Loans Arena. “It was nothing,” James said. “That was nothing. What do you want me to say? I’ve experienced big boos before. That was like a pat on the back.