Mike Trudell: Walton said Rajon Rondo still has swelling in his hand, so he won’t play until that goes down. Original timeline from Nov. 15 was 4-5 weeks, and it’s Dec. 8.
Dave McMenamin: Luke Walton says Rondo participated in "pretty much all" of Tues practice. The team says Rondo has been cleared to ramp up contact. He's close, but not quite back and has been ruled out Weds. Luke: "He’s still holding back a little bit. ... but he says it’s not from pain"
Harrison Faigen: Luke said he's "not surprised" with how quickly Rondo is progressing. He says "he's been doing everything he can" to stay as close to basketball shape as possible. Rondo is still not cleared for contact.
Ryan Ward: Brandon Ingram on Rajon Rondo back on the practice court: "I'm not surprised [laughs]. It looks like he ripped his thing off. Nah, he's been trying to practice ever since the 1st day he broke his hand. I'm not surprised at all that he's back there shooting right now." #Lakers
Bill Oram: Rajon Rondo on the court 11 days after surgery on his broken right hand. pic.twitter.com/wCQXTXE5OU
Talking to reporters for the first time since suffering the injury on Nov. 14 and undergoing surgery the following day, Rondo was in good spirits and discussed what he's been cleared to do. "Still able to do a little bit of cardio," said the veteran point guard, who is averaging 8.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds. "I just got back on the court as far as, [the doctor] allowed me to sweat a little bit more. But I still can't do anything upper [body] yet. But I can run and use my legs."
Rondo later added: "It is all about perspective. It's not that bad an injury as far as being out 12-13 months... [four to five] weeks is nothing compared to what I've been through. Young [or] old, if you have an injury in particular like an ACL [it would be worse]... [This] will be alright."
"Just the same," Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said of what he's seen from Rondo post-surgery. "He's just not on the court. He's always in the film room, always talking to people, always has something to say about whatever the other team is doing and he's always willing to lend a hand out there."
Mike Bresnahan: Rajon Rondo (broken hand) said he was able to do some cardio work but would “stick to the script” of the four to five week timetable for his return. He was injured Nov. 14 against Portland.
Rachel Nichols: Rajon Rondo (broken hand) serving as a de facto assistant coach in this game. He’s in the coaches huddles, has the clipboard, is standing during play - the whole deal.
Bill Oram: Luke Walton said Rondo is “fighting his case” to be on this road trip, but they need to wait for swelling to go down post-surgery so he can be cleared for air travel. Obviously a huge voice for Lakers, even off the court.
Kyle Goon: Luke Walton was pleased that Rondo was helping out with his voice today in practice: “He was talking. Surprise, surprise, he was talking.”
Mike Trudell: Walton said Rondo continued to play for a few minutes after the injury occurred (when he stripped Nurkic and hit the floor with his right hand), essentially with one hand, which the coaches noticed and they discussed at the time out.
Rondo will see a specialist Thursday to determine whether surgery will be his best course of action, a team source told ESPN. The Lakers are operating under the assumption that Rondo will be out three to five weeks, depending on the decision on surgery and the healing process, the source said.
Will Guillory: Pelicans announce that Rajon Rondo (right wrist sprain) will be available to play tonight.
Jay Allen: Rajon Rondo (right wrist) will not play tonight vs. the @Portland Trail Blazers. Ian Clark will make his 3rd career start (2nd this season). Nikola Mirotic (right hip) is available for the #Pelicans. #RipCity @RipCityRadio620
Jim Eichenhofer: What will determine whether you can play tonight vs. Portland? Rajon Rondo (questionable with right wrist sprain): "I’m pretty good at handstands and backflips, so I’m going to see what I’ve got. If I can’t land on my hand, then I’ll probably take another day of rest."
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry confirmed Rajon Rondo will start tonight and play 14-16 minutes for the #Pelicans. He will start alongside Holiday, Cunningham, Davis and Cousins.
Rajon Rondo wanted it to be a surprise. The team switched Rondo’s status from “out” to “expected to play” just 30 minutes before tipoff, changing the tenor of the sleepy matchup to an anticipated affair. “I was trying to make it like zero minutes (before tip),” Rondo said of Monday’s announcement. “It was just a feeling I had before the game. (Sunday) night, I got a good night’s rest, and so I was hoping to play (Monday) and see how my body responded.”
“I feel good,” Rondo said Tuesday. “I played just four minutes last night, so I expected by body to feel well today, and I do.”
Scott Kushner: #Pelicans PG Rajon Rondo has been cleared to play up to six minutes tonight. It would be his first appearance with the team.
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry said Nov. 17 is still an approximate date for Rajon Rondo’s return to the #Pelicans.
Rajon Rondo is on the road to recovery, but the New Orleans Pelicans point guard is expected to miss at least another two weeks. Rondo said he immediately felt his left core muscle injury, which occurred Oct. 6 during a preseason loss and forced him to undergo surgery Oct. 9. The Pelicans' initial timeline said Rondo would likely to miss four to six weeks to fully heal and return to the floor.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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: 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.
October 20, 2021 | 9:27 am EDT Update
All eyes are on Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving now, but everyone from team executives to opposing players continues to monitor the Washington Wizards. “Almost every game we play, someone says something,” Bradley Beal tells me over the phone, regarding how often players recruit him to leave.
“It brings you back to college. Which school is the right school? Which team is the right team?” Beal says. “You love the fact that people see your game and would love to play with you. But it’s also tough on the back end, because you have no idea what you want to do.”
But that hasn’t stopped Beal from trying to recruit. Beal says he has shared his vision with other star players around the league about how they could fit in Washington next to him. He raves about the “freshness” of the team, with a new coach, a new system, and plenty of improving young players. Though selling Washington as most stars look to more glamorous markets has its challenges. “A lot of people seem to think D.C. is a small market, but I try to tell them it’s a big market,” Beal says. “It makes that part of recruiting tougher.”
“Shep played the hand he was dealt,” Beal says. “He had to clean up some things to shape it the way he wanted to and I’m definitely impressed with it. The way he made moves, he was able to save us without giving up crazy picks or assets to go get what we wanted.”
While Beal has been learning the dynamics of leading a team, the Wizards have already been giving him the privileges of the face of the franchise. Sheppard has kept an open dialogue with Beal about potential transactions, discussing some moves with him before they happen, including the Wall and Westbrook trades.
“I don’t worry about [the extension] because I’m very confident that Brooklyn is the place where he wants to be,” Tsai told The Post recently. “He wants to play with the top players, other guys like KD, Kyrie [Irving], so I don’t worry about it.
GM Sean Marks declined comment, but from ownership to the front office to his teammates, there is a confidence Harden has every intention of staying in Brooklyn. “You know, the reality is I haven’t thought much about it because James loves it here. He’s totally locked-in,” coach Steve Nash said when asked by The Post about Harden’s extension before Tuesday’s opener in Milwaukee. “So, while we would’ve loved to have signed him before the deadline, it was James’ prerogative when he re-signs.
“I think I embrace it. I came here and the city has embraced me,” Grant told The Detroit News. “The team, Troy, Coach Casey, they all looked at me and allowed me to flourish in this situation, so I’m just taking it in and trying to grow and be a better leader for the young guys.”