Lakers Rumors: Rajon Rondo will NOT make season debut vs. Raptors
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports activities reported late on Friday night time that Rajon Rondo was planning to play his first sport of the season for the Los Angeles Lakers in opposition to the Toronto Raptors, however Haynes reported on Saturday night time that issues have since modified, and that Rondo is now now not focusing on Sunday as his debut:
Sources: Rondo was aiming for a return on Sunday, however he’ll as an alternative partake in a exercise session with a couple of our bodies to ramp up his endurance. https://t.co/H37kFA9Cng
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 10, 2019
Earlier within the day, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Instances reported that Rondo had gone by a exercise and his availability would rely on how he responded to it:
Rajon Rondo did some full courtroom 5 on 5 work right this moment on the Lakers facility. Wasn’t an official apply, however this was the ultimate hurdle to clear earlier than having the ability to play. Tomorrow’s availability will rely on how his physique reacts. https://t.co/nki5p6nrDC
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) November 10, 2019
Evidently Rondo didn’t reply in addition to he or the staff would really like, and so what the staff is asking a “mid proper calf pressure” will price Rondo one other sport.
How does that have an effect on the Lakers? It is dependent upon who you ask. After their season-opening loss to the LA Clippers, the Lakers appeared to sorely want one other playmaker to take care of ball stress and create for others in order that the only real burden for doing so did not relaxation with LeBron James.
Since then, the Lakers have gained their subsequent seven video games in a row heading into Sunday, and whereas there have been occasions it appeared the staff may nonetheless use one other ballhandler on the ground, they’ve largely found out methods to take care of that downside. Does that make the downsides of enjoying Rondo (his at occasions inattentive protection, his lack of gravity, and so forth.) greater than the help he may doubtlessly present as one other creator and veteran ground common? That is a query that can complicate an already crowded rotation for Frank Vogel, and one he’ll in the end need to discover a passable reply to.
However no matter the place one lands within the debate on how a lot or if Rondo could be efficient for this ballhandling-bereft roster, and no matter whether or not the Lakers even have a job for him or not, on condition that the staff has began out 7-1 with out Rondo, there would appear to be little sense in speeding him again.
Sometime we’ll get solutions on if Rondo might help this staff. That day simply will not be Sunday.
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