Point guard Rajon Rondo, sidelined the past 5½ weeks with a fractured thumb on his right hand which required him to leave the bubble to undergo surgery, was upgraded to questionable for Game 2 by the team. "Rondo is working really hard to get back and we'll have him back when he's ready, not before," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said after practice Wednesday. "We're going to list him as questionable, which by definition means 50-50."
"Anytime you have somebody who has the ability to create like Rondo does, that helps your offense," he said. "Certainly Rondo would help everything we do." L.A. could use the help. The Lakers spent a portion of their practice time in a spirited film session, dissecting tape from their underwhelming 100-93 loss in Game 1 in which L.A. shot 35.1% from the field, 15.6% from 3 and 64.5% from the foul line.
Rajon Rondo will clear quarantine Monday, according to Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel, but the team is unsure when the veteran point guard would be available to suit up for the NBA playoffs. "I'm not sure exactly when he's going to be available to be in uniform," Vogel said on a video conference call Sunday. "We'll get him on the court and see where he's at. But no specific timetable yet on him."
Dave McMenamin: Frank Vogel says Rajon Rondo will clear quarantine tomorrow. Vogel said he is unsure when Rondo will be in uniform and available to play. He said the team will get him on the court Monday and see where he is at.
Dave McMenamin: Frank Vogel says Rajon Rondo will travel to Florida tomorrow and spend some time outside the bubble before coming in and quarantining. No update on Rondo’s timeline. He’s about three weeks into an initial 4-6 week recovery timeframe laid out after he fractured his right thumb
Mirjam Swanson: Doc Rivers on Rajon Rondo's injury: "There's almost no way to prevent injury other than not playing at all, and if you did that, you're not gonna win. "Every time we have a practice, we're worried about it ... it's hard to prevent injuries, especially fluke injuries like that."
Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel said he envisions KCP starting in place of Bradley, as expected. Answering a question about Rondo, "We expect Rajon to be a part of our playoff run." Thinks he can return while the Lakers are still in the postseason.
Mike Trudell: Rajon Rondo sustained a fracture to his right thumb during Sunday evening’s practice in Orlando. He will undergo surgery to repair the fracture this week and is expected to return to full basketball activities in 6 to 8 weeks.
Rondo suffered a nondisplaced volar plate avulsion fracture to his right ring finger in Saturday's victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. X-rays at the arena came back negative, but a MRI on Monday revealed the fracture. Rondo is expected to be out four to five days, a league source told ESPN.
The Lakers said that Rondo, who started in place of James and had a near triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, has been listed as day to day. The Lakers play again Monday night at Staples Center against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rondo said he was injured in the first half. He started the game shooting six for six from the field, but finished 10 of 22, including one of six from three-point range. “I don’t know what really happened,” Rondo said. “I looked it and it was just hurt.”
Kyle Goon: Rajon Rondo and Troy Daniels will be available to play. Both are under 15 minute restrictions. Daniels will be more likely not to enter the game unless needed.
Chris Haynes: Lakers guard Rajon Rondo participated in a workout today on an off day in preparation for his return, but he is not expected to make his debut on Sunday against the Raptors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo is aiming to make his season debut Sunday against the Toronto Raptors, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Rondo, 33, has missed the team’s first eight games of the season while nursing a right calf injury.
The 13-year veteran is expected to go through a final workout at the team’s practice facility on Saturday in preparation for his return, sources said. Rondo playing Sunday would bring the Lakers to full strength, with Kyle Kuzma making his season debut a week ago after recovering from a stress reaction in his left ankle.
Ryan Ward: #Lakers list Kyle Kuzma (Stress Reaction, Left Ankle) as PROBABLE for tomorrow's game vs. #Mavs. Rajon Rondo (Mild Right Calf Strain) as OUT Talen Horton-Tucker (Assignment), Kostas Antetokounmpo and Zach Norvell Jr. (Two-Way Contracts) are with the South Bay Lakers
Kyle Goon: Rajon Rondo wasn't able to be a full participants in shootaround today and will not play tonight against Memphis. We saw him shooting a few minutes ago after shootaround
Ryan Ward: #Lakers' Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker have once again been ruled OUT for tomorrow game vs. #Grizzlies. Rajon Rondo remains QUESTIONABLE.
Dave McMenamin: Rajon Rondo underwent a precautionary MRI Saturday which confirmed a mild strain of his right calf, per the Lakers. He remains day to day. He participated in ball handling drills after shootaround today.
Kyle Goon: Rajon Rondo is out tonight again against Charlotte. Frank Vogel said he's still feeling discomfort.
Ryan Ward: As of right now, Kyle Kuzma and #Lakers rookie Talen Horton-Tucker are OUT for tomorrow’s game vs. #Hornets. Rajon Rondo remains QUESTIONABLE.
Tania Ganguli: Frank Vogel said Rondo will test out his calf tonight and see if he can play. The starting lineup will not change regardless.
Rondo, who said he first experienced discomfort in his calf the day before the Lakers' preseason finale in Golden State, went through Thursday's practice at "full speed" and "didn't look impaired at all," according to Vogel, but his availability for Friday's game against the Utah Jazz is to be determined.
Mike Trudell: Injuries for tomorrow: Quinn Cook is available to play, Alex Caruso is probable and Rajon Rondo is questionable (sore calf).
Mike Bresnahan: Rajon Rondo went through practice today but did not absorb any contact and said he would be a game-time decision for tomorrow’s game vs. Minnesota. Rondo hasn’t played since Dec. 25 because of a torn ligament in his right ring finger.
Mike Bresnahan: Rajon Rondo was not supposed to absorb any contact at practice today...but quickly added that Lance Stephenson “hacked” him a few times. If Rondo plays tomorrow vs. Minnesota, he doesn’t think he’ll be on a minutes limit because his injury is in his hand, not lower body.
Rondo has been cleared to shoot again, and soon can rejoin the post-practice shooting competitions. “My [travel] ban has been lifted,” he said Monday. “I'm off of house arrest and I will be traveling with the team on the upcoming schedule.” Rondo’s love of Connect Four, and his savant-like ability playing the game, has been well documented. It fits the mold of a point guard known best for the way he thinks about the game. A great point guard can see a few steps ahead of whatever is happening on the court, and Rondo can do that within a game like Connect Four.
Ryan Ward: Rajon Rondo is getting closer to his return to the floor for the #Lakers. He's progressed to dribbling with his surgically repaired hand and has been cleared to travel with the team.
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.
September 22, 2021 | 7:42 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: Tamika Tremaglio of @DeloitteUS has now been officially selected as @TheNBPA ‘s new executive director to succeed Michele Roberts, according to a leading television network. Roberts told @VinceGoodwill in July she was leaving the post within six months after her eight-year run.
Marc Stein: The union makes it official and announces Tamika L. Tremaglio, “trusted advisor and consultant” to @TheNBPA since 2012, as its next Executive Director. Tremaglio will succeed Michele Roberts “upon her retirement at the end of the year.”