Rajon Rondo had just returned three games ago from surgery on a fractured hand that had him out for 17 games. With LeBron James sidelined, Laker coach Luke Walton was going to lean on Rondo for some veteran leadership on the court.
Not anymore. Rondo needs surgery on his hand again — his right ring finger — and is likely to miss another month. Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the story.
Rondo has shot 10-of-23 since his return and is +8 (although all of that came on Christmas against the Warriors, he struggled the first couple of games).
This will put more on Lonzo Ball‘s shoulders, with Josh Hart playing the role some, plus guys like Brandon Ingram and, when he returns, LeBron James handling playmaking duties. The Lakers have done this for 17 games without Rondo this season, they know the routine.