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Rondo Battling Back Spasms
Tuesday, Jan. 5
According to the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones, head coach George Karl told reporters that Rondo's back flared up Monday evening and worsened overnight.
During his first year in California's capital, Rondo's averaging 12 points, a league-leading 11.5 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 45.9 percent from the field.
Although Rondo has been labeled a bit of a pace killer over the years due to his restrictions as a shooter and some maddening over-dribbling tendencies, he brought a wealth of basketball knowledge to a young Kings team in need of guidance.
"He’s a winner; he’s a competitor," head coach George Karl said on Sept. 29, per Jones. "He challenges you. He’s one of the most cerebral basketball guys I've ever spent time with in a short period of time that I’ve had."
Rondo's unique style and stellar instincts aren't easily replaced, but the Kings have capable backups at their disposal. Darren Collison is a seasoned ball-handler and creator who can keep the offense humming, and combo guard Seth Curry is able to supplement those offerings with on-and-off-the-ball scoring prowess.