Play it again, Sam: The New Orleans Pelicans will officially begin a new campaign without their starting point guard.
As expected, Rajon Rondo will miss the next 4-6 weeks as he recovers from hernia surgery on Tuesday in Philadelphia.
New Orleans guard Rajon Rondo underwent surgery on his sports hernia injury and will miss 4-to-6 weeks, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 10, 2017
Before appearing in a single regular season game for the New Orleans Pelicans, Rondo was forced to go under the knife. Apparently the voodoo curse is still hovering somewhere above the Smoothie King Center, eh?
The Pelicans starting lineup is now down two players. Remember, Solomon Hill tore his hamstring back in August and could potentially miss the entire season.
As for how much time Rondo will miss, it solely depends on the length of his rehabilitation timeline.
4 weeks: 10 missed games (12% of season)— Mason Ginsberg (@MasonGinsberg) October 10, 2017
5 weeks: 14 missed games (17% of season)
6 weeks: 17 missed games (21% of season) https://t.co/6cGQSJwzYb
After breaking his right thumb in the Bulls vs Celtics playoff series last April, Rondo expressed to the media that he’s a quick healer. Although he failed to return to action during the 2017 postseason, we later learned he had also suffered a torn ligament in his wrist.
The Pelicans will most likely shift Jrue Holiday back to his natural position, but with a shortage of healthy ball handlers, don’t be surprised if New Orleans decides to pursue an available free agent. As mentioned late Sunday, Dell Demps could seek to add Ty Lawson, Brian Roberts, among others.