Rajon Rondo likely won't play in Lakers' playoff opener vs. Trail Blazers

An excited Rajon Rondo texted a picture Sunday to his Lakers teammates of his outfit he was going to wear at Monday’s practice.

Nevertheless, there was joy within the Lakers’ group to see Rondo working out with the team on the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.

He laid out his practice gear on his bed, [like] it was the first day of school,” teammate Alex Caruso said in a videoconference call with reporters Monday.

He returned to Orlando and began working out this month with Kurt Rambis, the Lakers’ senior basketball advisor, before entering the bubble Thursday.

“We’re going to see how he responds to his work today,” Vogel said in a video conference call with reporters Monday.

Vogel said the Lakers are not in a rush to bring Rondo back, though, even if they are facing one of the most lethal backcourts in the NBA in Portland’s Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

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