Former Kentucky Wildcat and current Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo is nearing his return after undergoing surgery on his right hand back in late December.
Rondo is dealing with his second hand surgery of the season. After missing 17 games early in the year due to a broken right hand that also required surgery, Rondo played in only three games before spraining his ring finger on the same hand during the Lakers Christmas Day matchup against the Golden State Warriors that also required surgery.
Rondo has only played in 14 of the Lakers 47 games this season and hasn’t played since undergoing surgery again on Dec. 28th. He was expected to miss 4-5 weeks, but according to head coach Luke Walton, he hopes Rondo is available to practice on Sunday but says he does not expect him to suit up for their matchup with the Warriors on Monday.
Luke Walton says he hopes to have a full practice with both LeBron and Rondo on Sunday in L.A. but he does not anticipate either of them playing Monday vs. GSW.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 19, 2019
Joining Rondo in this practice will hopefully be LeBron James, who has also missed the Lakers previous 11 games due to a groin injury. Without James and Rondo, the Lakers are 5-8 and have fallen to the ninth spot in the unforgiving Western Conference.
The Lakers have games against the Warriors, Timberwolves, and Suns in the upcoming week. Since neither James or Rondo are expected to play against Golden State, the matchup with the Suns on Friday might be a realistic return date for both of them. Rondo is about a week or two ahead of the initial timeline, so his return is likely more up in the air than James. However, the Lakers have been extremely cautious about dealing with these two, knowing they’ll need them at full health once the playoffs begin. So even though reports are indicating they may come back sooner rather than later, I would still take it all with a grain of salt.
In 14 games this season, Rondo has averaged 8.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists in 24.4 minutes per outing.
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