Rondo and Stephenson insist they will be ready for respctive season openers…
Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle suffered a broken leg on his NBA debut on Tuesday night while several other players are doubts for Wednesday’s action.
Los Angeles Lakers – Julius Randle
Randle sustained the injury mid-way through the fourth quarter of the loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, and the franchise have revealed that they will evaluate his condition and provide an update on his status on Wednesday.
“It is heartbreaking, because I saw him all summer,” coach Byron Scott said.
“I saw the work that he was putting in. I saw the progression that he was making, the steps that he was taking to get better. And his first game, he goes down. I don’t think anybody in that locker room is happy about the way we played, but we’re even more saddened about the fact that we lost one of our young guys.”
The 19-year-old was driving to the basket when his right foot buckled and he collapsed on the court. Scott revealed that he was told by other players that they heard a “pop” when he went down.
Boston Celtics – Rajon Rondo
Celtics coach Brad Stevens claimed Rondo is now at “83 percent” in a press conference on Tuesday, although the point guard joked that he would make a decision on whether he would play against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night after his nap in the afternoon.
Rondo suffered a broken hand in the off-season and although the medical staff believe he has healed and progressed well, it remains to be seen if he is comfortable enough handling the ball.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb
Jackson and Lamb will not travel to play either the Portland Trail Blazers or the Los Angeles Clippers. Both were injured at practice on Monday, with Jackson picking up a sprained right ankle while Lamb tweaked his back.
Kevin Durant is already ruled out for six to eight weeks after foot surgery, while Anthony Morrow is out with a strained MCL.
Charlotte Hornets – Lance Stephenson
Stephenson returned to practice on Tuesday and insisted that he will be ready to play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
“I’m playing” and added that he feels “about 90 percent.” Stephenson missed four pre-season games with a groin injury.