Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo had surgery Friday to repair a ligament in his right ring finger and is expected to miss four to five weeks, the team announced. It is the second surgery Rondo has had on his shooting hand this season. Rondo injured the finger during the Lakers’ 127-101 win over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas. The Lakers believe the injury came during a third-quarter play when he got tangled up with Draymond Green. Rondo had 15 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds in the game.
Kyle Goon: Luke Walton said that Rajon Rondo couldn’t really pick up a basketball like he normally could after getting injured. That was the big factor in going ahead and getting surgery — Rondo and Lakers didn’t think he could effectively play through the pain.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo is expected to undergo surgery on his injured right hand and miss one month.
Ohm Youngmisuk: A source confirmed that Rajon Rondo is expected to have surgery again on his right shooting hand and could miss a month. The Lakers said they would update Rondo's status today after announcing on Wednesday that the point guard suffered a Grade 3 sprain to his right ring finger against the Warriors on Christmas. The Athletic first reported that Rondo is expected to have surgery again after having the third metacarpal repaired in his hand back in November.
Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo will miss Thursday's game in Sacramento as he deals with a sprained sprained right ring finger, the team announced Wednesday night.
Mike Trudell: Ingram and Rondo have both been recalled by the Lakers, after they practiced with the @SouthBayLakers. They’ll rejoin the Lakers when the team returns from the road trip that concludes tonight in Brooklyn.
Dave McMenamin: According to the Lakers Rajon Rondo’s right hand was looked at by a doctor today. The swelling has gone down and he will be re-evaluated in 48 hours in L.A.
Rajon Rondo had fluid drained from his right hand Sunday, possibly signaling a delay in his return from a broken hand. The veteran point guard has been out for 3 ½ weeks.
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.
September 19, 2021 | 9:01 pm EDT Update
Before we get you out of here, have to pepper you with a few Lakers questions. How are you going to look in purple and gold? Carmelo Anthony: [Laughs] That’s a good question. I think it’ll be fun. I’m really going to enjoy it. I sat and talked about the loyalty and learning the business of basketball so now being in this part of my life and my career it’s like I understand it. So I’m going into it with a different mindset and type of understanding with what’s at stake. What do we have to do, what do I have to do in order to make this work? I’m looking forward to it, to be honest with you.
For the naysayers, like me, who question how this Lakers roster will work over a long regular-season and into the playoffs, especially because you guys are historically old, why are we fools for doubting? Carmelo Anthony: To be honest, I think it’ll be too easy for you guys to be like, “Yeah, they’re going to be like this.” It’s too easy. You guys are baiting people to start a debate. It’s all about debate. We get it. We understand it. This is what you guys have to do. We understand that and we laugh at it and take it with a grain of salt and move on because everybody on the outside have their opinions about it and we’re the ones who know who we are. We know what we have to do. We know how we going to do it. Those are the things we have to deal with. So it’s easy for the outsiders or naysayers to give their overall perspective and it’s very opinionated. And ya’ll should do that. [Laughs] You should do that because it bring more viewers and bring more eyeballs and bring more conversation and more anticipation. If and when it does happen, winning a championship, that’s the fun part.
Arash Markazi: LeBron James watching the early games at home and the Cowboys-Chargers game at SoFi Stadium with Magic Johnson. pic.twitter.com/uipHywLNgX
Knicks guard Evan Fournier has expressed confidence in the future of France’s national team, discussing his vision for the program in an interview with L’Equipe (hat tip Sportando). Fournier, 28, was part of the French team that nearly defeated Team USA in the Gold Medal Olympic game last month. While his team narrowly missed out on a gold medal, they did beat Team USA in an exhibition contest two weeks earlier. Fournier led all scorers with 28 points during that outing.
“We have to promote our sport culture, stop being afraid of being ambitious,” Fournier explained. “I want this to change and our team can do it. We are not afraid of anyone. My vision is to become as dominant as Spain has been in the last fifteen years. Tokyo is just our first final … I want to win Eurobasket 2022. This is not the time to stop. We have the opportunity to build a dynasty. “This team must grow every summer, relive the same emotions, reactivate what has made possible our success in Tokyo: putting aside the ego, fighting for each other, having this winning mentality. And starting over every year. It is an opportunity for our sport, but also something that can go beyond basketball, help sport in France. We can set an example for an entire generation.”
Arash Markazi: “The Logo” Jerry West is at the Cowboys-Chargers game at SoFi Stadium. He was also at groundbreaking of the Clippers’ new $1 billion arena across the street on Friday. pic.twitter.com/wWJOZD9BKW