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Monday Quickies: Rajon Rondo Edition

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Rondo goes down as the NBA restart begins.

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Down goes another soldier for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Rajon Rondo, the team’s starting point guard in over half of their games before the pandemic has reportedly suffered a fractured right thumb and will miss 6-8 weeks of action following his surgery.

The former Kentucky Wildcat has spent his career as a quality setup man, utilizing his strengths as an exceptional passer and floor general on offense while being a pesky defender against some of the best guards to ever play the game.

Now, the Lakers will be without both Rondo and 2-way shooting guard Avery Bradley to start their “bubble” season.

While NBA defense has most certainly been less-prioritized in recent years, these two guard can certainly turn it on and lock you down when they want. Now, the Lakers will only have Danny Green to defend multiple opposing backcourt duos.

There of course aren’t any excuses when it comes to James and the playoffs, but having little-to-no backcourt depth in a small-ball league is definitely un-ideal. So a speedy recovery by Rondo would be welcomed with open arms!

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