OAKLAND – After a violent collision last Saturday with Dallas Mavericks teammate Richard Jefferson, guard Rajon Rondo is slated to have facial surgery sometimes in the forseeable future.
Rondo suffered a orbital fracture to his left eye and a nasal fracture in the nasty collision, which occurred 98 seconds into the Mavs’ win over Orlando. But owner Mark Cuban said he did not suffer a concussion.
Cuban, at Oracle Arena for Wednesday’s game between the Mavs and Golden State Warriors, said he wasn’t sure when the surgery will be scheduled. But it’s safe to sayt that Rondo will miss the remaining four games the Mavs have on their schedule before the All-Star break.
"We’re not working on any timetable,’’ Cuban said. "When he gets back, he gets back.’’
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Rondo missed Monday’s home game against Minnesota and Wednesday against the Warriors, and was also already slated to miss Thursday’s game in Sacramento. Cuban, however, said the four-time All-Star is already anxious to get back on the court.
"Literally, he wanted to play the other day,’’ Cuban said, referring to the game against Minnesota. "He could see out of it, so he thought he was ready to go.
"And he didn’t have a concussion. That shows you how hard a head he has.’’