Rajon Rondo is expected to be back in uniform for the Los Angeles Lakers when they visit the Golden State Warriors, Tuesday, December 25 on ABC in what is surely the premier NBA game of the Christmas Day lineup.
Rondo suffered a hand injury in November, but is expected to return in time for this game. If he can’t play, he’ll likely be a solid presence court-side cheering on Lonzo Ball, who has been filling in for the injured veteran point guard. Rondo has always been a vocal and feisty player, dating back to his nine seasons with the Boston Celtics. Most recently, he got into a spat with Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets.
A McDonald’s All-American out of high school, Rondo spent two seasons in Kentucky before entering the NBA Draft in 2006. He was selected 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns, but through a series of trades ended up in Boston and worked his way into a starting role. He was a key factor in the Celtics 2008 championship run and nearly got a second ring two years later when they fell to the Lakers in 2010. The Celtics traded Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks in 2014 and he has since spent time with the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans before landing in Los Angeles with LeBron James.
Rondo’s fiery leadership complements James’ leadership on a team full of young players and Rondo has been more than happy to be a team leader.
Full Name: Rajon Pierre Rondo
Born: February 22, 1986
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky
Height/Weight: 6 foot, 1 inches / 186-pounds
Teams: Los Angles Lakers, 2018-present; New Orleans Pelicans, 2017-18; Chicago Bulls, 2016-17, Sacramento Kings, 2015-16; Dallas Mavericks, 2014-15; Boston Celtics, 2006-14
Draft: 2006 Round 4, Pick 102 by Washington
Position: Point guard
Honors and Achievements: NBA champion, 2008; NBA All-Star, 2010–2013; NBA assists leader, 2012, 2013, 2016; NBA steals leader, 2010