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Alex Caruso said his teammate in the Los Angeles Lakers Rajon Rondo was so excited to return to practice on Monday.

Rondo has not played a single game with the Lakers since the restart of the season last month.

The veteran guard was forced to leave the Orlando “bubble” in July to undergo thumb surgery (fractured right thumb) and was initially expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks.

Rondo returned to the “bubble”, cleared his quarantine and made his first practice on Monday.

He is doubtful for Game 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, but the head coach of the Lakers Frank Vogel has not ruled him out yet.

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Yiannis Bouranis is a 28-year-old sports journalist, with a Master’s degree in Sports Journalism from Sheffield Hallam University. Yiannis is TalkBasket’s Chief Editor and has covered the EuroLeague Final Four (2017 – 2019), the FIBA Basketball World Cup (2019) and the NBA Paris Game (2020) as an accredited journalist.