Frank Vogel: “Losing Rondo puts more of a need on Dion’s skillset”

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After losing the starting point guard Avery Bradley due to him deciding to sit out the season resumption, the Los Angeles Lakers were dealt another blow as Rajon Rondo was ruled out of action for six to eight weeks after injuring his thumb during practice.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel will have to find ways to compensate Rondo’s absence. He spoke to the media about the impact losing Rondo has on the team and who could step up in his role.

“Obviously, more will be needed in that regard from Alex [Caruso] and from Quinn Cook. We have the ability like you said to use our bigs, like you said, with Kuz and in particular AD having the ability to bring it up and handle and initiate offense,” Vogel said.

“But I like the prospects of seeing what Dion Waiters can do. We’ve got two really good basketball players that we added late in our season that do different things… equally as important. With JR being able to shoot from perimeter and being a big-time catch&shoot player. And Dion with the ability to make plays off the bounce. Losing Rondo puts more of a need on Dion’s skillset. I look forward to seeing what he can do more as we get into games. But all of those guys would pick up the slack.”