Lakers' Rondo cleared to resume full-contact practice
NBA.com Global on Jan 19, 2019 07:14 AM
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NBA.com staff report
Slowly but surely, the Los Angeles Lakers' veterans are starting to get back into the mix.
Veteran guard Rajon Rondo has been cleared to resume full-contact practices, the Lakers announced today. Rondo had missed the last 12 games after suffering a Grade 3 sprain to his right ring finger in a Christmas Day (Dec. 26, PHL time) win against Golden State. He had surgery three days after that and was slated to miss four to five weeks with the injury.
Rajon Rondo (surgery on Dec. 28 to repair a ligament on his right ring finger) has been cleared to return to full contact practice. The Lakers are off today in Houston, and will hold regular shootaround tomorrow morning in advance of Saturday evening’s game.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 18, 2019
In that same game, star forward LeBron James suffered a groin strain that has kept him out of the lineup since. James will miss the Lakers' two-game road trip, but the team announced earlier this week that he has been cleared to return to practice next week.
Rondo is averaging 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds while providing solid leadership in his first season with the Lakers, who signed him as a free agent in July.
But the veteran has appeared in only 14 games because of a three-game suspension for fighting and a 17-game absence after breaking a bone in his right hand, an injury that also required surgery.
He only returned from his broken hand Dec. 21 (Dec. 22, PHL time), playing in three games in five days before getting hurt again.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.