Kyle Kuzma reacts to Rajon Rondo’s untimely injury
The Lakers, along with 21 other NBA teams, arrived in the Orlando bubble last week in preparation for the league restart on July 30. However, even before getting back to the court and playing an NBA game after a four-month hiatus, Rondo sustained a fracture in his right thumb that needs surgery.
“Being in the bubble and you can’t play basketball, that’s tough,” Kyle Kuzma said of Rajon Rondo’s untimely injury, per Melissa Rohlin of Sports Illustrated.
Rondo is set to undergo surgery this week, and the Lakers are hoping to get him back in time for the early rounds of the playoffs.
Meanwhile, when asked about potentially upping his ball-handling in the absence of Rondo, Kuzma was enthusiastic but non-committal.
#Lakers' Kyle Kuzma on if he will see more ball-handling duties as a result of the Rajon Rondo injury: "I can do that, but that's a decision for the coaches."
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) July 13, 2020
Certainly, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel deserves praise for getting the team to gel fairly quickly in his first season, which is also the first year of the LeBron James-Anthony Davis pairing in Los Angeles.
While “Playoff Rondo” would’ve been a joy to watch in the postseason, a motivated LeBron James “destroying his opposition” – along with a potentially unshackled Kuzma – will likely make for an entertaining time.