UPDATE: Rajon Rondo has been cleared to return to full contact participation in practice.
Rajon Rondo has been cleared by team medical staff to return to full contact practice.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 18, 2019
The Lakers will not practice prior to their game against the Houston Rockets on Saturday so the earliest we see Rondo back would be Monday against the Warriors.
ORIGINAL: The last 11 games have been rough for the Los Angeles Lakers. The team has gone just 4-7 in those games and have slowly slid down the standings in the Western Conference, leaving them tied for what would be the eighth and final playoff spot with the Utah Jazz.
Luckily, there are still 37 games left for the Lakers to get back on track. Fresh off a desperately needed 107-100 win on Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls, the news appears to be getting better and better for the Lakers.
First, it was announced that LeBron James has been cleared to return to practice next week when the team returns from their two-game road trip. Now it appears that Rajon Rondo could possibly be on the verge of returning to game action.
As promised, Rajon Rondo was with the Lakers when they left a few minutes ago for Oklahoma City.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) January 16, 2019
Rondo being cleared to travel with the team could mean a few things. It could signal that he is close to being ready to play again. If there was no chance of him playing the next two games, he would have just stayed home, right? This should be reason to be optimistic about a Rondo return.
On the other hand, maybe there is still no chance Rondo will play on the road trip, but the team values his coaching and guidance for the young players and thought it would be helpful to have him there. It is all speculation right now, as nothing has officially been reported.
Rondo injured his hand back on Christmas Day and was given a four-to-five week recovery time. We are entering the fourth week since the injury occurred. Perhaps Rondo is ahead of schedule and just about ready to rejoin the lineup. Even if he doesn’t play on the Lakers’ road trip, it appears the team will have Rondo and James back soon.
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