Lakers’ Rajon Rondo to have surgery on broken right hand

Lakers’ Rajon Rondo to have surgery on broken right hand

Lakers’ Rajon Rondo to have surgery on broken right hand

Los Angeles will be without Rondo for at least a few weeks after he was injured in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' fourth straight win, 126-117 over Portland on Wednesday night.

The injury dampened the victory and LeBron James' milestone as the superstar scored 44 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

The Los Angeles Lakers will be his leadership on the court, especially Lonzo Ball, who the front office hoped would learn from Rondo.

A floating jumper, a foul and a free throw in the fourth quarter of a tight game.

The Lakers (7-6) have won three in a row to get them over.500 for the first time this season.

"Anytime my name is mentioned with some of the greats who have played this game, I'll always think back to my hometown, how far I've come", James told reporters.

LeBron James keeps coming for National Basketball Association records.

"He's one or our captains". "And knowing where I've come from, knowing how hard it was to get to this point, it's just never being in satisfied mode". Next man up. Next man up.

"‪I haven't changed anything outwardly, but you know me".

Rondo, 32, is averaging 8.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 11 games this season.

Rondo broke his hand during Wednesday's game versus the Portland Trail Blazers.

Coach Luke Walton praised Rondo's leadership and two-way contributions Thursday after the Lakers' final practice before heading out on a three-game road trip.

"He's a true leader, a coach on the floor", Ball said via Spectrum SportsNet. Knows all the plays.

It was only a matter of time before his career path led him back home.

"He's still going to be with the team a lot so he's going to be talking to us, so, definitely leadership will still be here".

"We're going to be just fine because once we put this together, we're going to be tough", said Butler, acquired Monday from Minnesota in a five-player swap.

And as the final whistle blew, he made sure to grab one key thing to remember the night forever.

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