EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers level guard Rajon Rondo will undergo surgery to restore the fractured third metacarpal in his proper hand.
The workforce stated Rondo is predicted to have the surgery by Friday after seemingly struggling the harm within the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s 126-117 win over Portland. Rondo is predicted to miss three to 5 weeks after the surgery, a supply informed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“We’ve got to shake it off,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton stated of shedding his veteran backup level guard. “In fact you are at all times conscious of the truth of what is going on on. We do not act prefer it did not occur, however we acknowledge it and we transfer ahead. As a bunch, we’ll work out what rotations are working the most effective, who’s dealing with sure tasks [and] giving our workforce the most effective shot of profitable.”
“It will be a piece in progress,” Walton added. “Clearly we will not change what Rondo does for our workforce and the way vital he’s to our workforce, however we’re not gonna make excuses.”
Rondo has performed just like the Lakers’ finest level guard at instances this season. He missed three video games after being suspended for a struggle with the Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul within the second sport of the season, however he helped stabilize the Lakers’ second unit and completed some video games for Walton. Rondo is averaging eight.5 factors, 6.5 assists, four.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per sport.
Lonzo Ball has began the previous 12 video games and may see a rise in minutes. Brandon Ingram, who thrived whereas enjoying level guard when Ball was injured final season, may additionally see minutes working the purpose. Lance Stephenson had some level guard tasks earlier this season when Rondo and Ingram have been each suspended for the Rockets brawl.
“Simply attempting to study to management the sport higher,” Ball stated of what he has tried to decide up from Rondo, together with being extra vocal. “When he is available in, the tempo goes nonetheless he desires it to go, will get everyone of their spots, so that is what I strive to do.”
Rondo has been nearly like an additional assistant coach, always within the ears of the Lakers’ younger, creating gamers and even organizing movie periods for Ball, Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.
Walton stated as soon as Rondo is cleared to journey by the docs, he’ll be part of the workforce on highway journeys as a result of his voice is needed. Walton stated Rondo was already preventing to journey with the Lakers on this upcoming journey to Orlando, Miami and Cleveland beginning on Saturday.
“He was speaking lots,” Walton stated of what Rondo did in follow Thursday. “That is one of the issues I really like about teaching him. … So he had a bit of splint on his hand, however he was nonetheless on the market being concerned and serving to our group get higher.”