The Los Angeles Lakers will have to overcome a few obstacles in Orlando, Florida. The NBA season will restart in a few weeks, and the Lakers face other problems. Rajon Rondo sustained an injury and he will be forced to miss a few weeks. Starting point guard Avery Bradley announced his decision to stay away from Orlando due to family issues. Rondo’s hand injury during practice on Sunday evening is a huge problem.
The veteran broke his right thumb, and he will have to undergo surgery. The information was confirmed by several sources, including ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Malika Andrews.
Rondo will stay on the sidelines for six-to-eight weeks. According to this, he won’t join the team until the postseason. If things go really bad, the veteran point guard may return right on time for the NBA Finals. The 2020 NBA Finals may end on Oct. 13.
Rajon Rondo to miss some time due to his injury
Losing Rondo won’t really have a huge impact on the game. He is averaging some of the lowest stats of his career. Prior to the NBA hiatus, Rondo was averaging 7.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in just 20.5 minutes per game with the Lakers while shooting .418 shooting from the field and .328 from beyond the arc.
So, how will Rondo’s fracture affect the game in Orlando? Rondo and Bradley were two of the Lakers’ top perimeter defenders. The team will take a major hit defensively in perimeter-dominated contests. LA will also lost two primary ball-handlers.
JR Smtih joined the Lakers as a replacement for Bradley. The team will have to find a replacement for Rondo, too. According to sources, LeBron’s former point guard with the Miami Heat, Mario Chalmers, is a huge option. He is “patiently waiting and working” if the Lakers need another point guard.
Chalmers was a starting point guard for most of LeBron’s run in Miami. He helped the team make four straight Finals appearances. The team won two titles in that span. He started 73 of the 99 games he appeared in during the playoffs. Chalmers was also a member of the Kansas Jayhawks.