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Rajon Rondo alludes to Kevin Durant’s calf injury when discussing his own recovery

Lakers, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Durant

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo alluded to Kevin Durant’s calf/Achilles situation last year in terms of why he’s being cautious with his own injury.

Rondo has yet to play in a game this season for the Lakers, who are 7-2:

Last season for the Lakers, Rondo averaged 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists in 46 games. The four-time All-Star shot 40.5 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from 3-point range and 63.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Rondo is a more traditional point guard than LeBron James and already has a strong rapport with Anthony Davis. The two were teammates during the 2017-18 season on the New Orleans Pelicans.

Besides being an elite floor general, Rondo will have to make open jumpers for the Lakers this season when he’s ready to play. Because James and Davis command so much attention when they put their heads down and drive to the basket, Rondo and the rest of the perimeter players on the team have to be ready to knock down open shots.

Rondo is a career 31.5 percent shooter from the 3-point line. Head coach Frank Vogel did reveal last month that Rondo “has shot the heck out of the basketball from the 3-point line” in offseason workouts. We’ll see if that is the case when Rondo returns from his injury.