NBA TV Host Rick Kamla Worried About Los Angeles Lakers Point Guard Lonzo Ball's Meniscus Injury

With uncertainty surrounding Lonzo Ball's health, Rick Kamla believes Rajon Rondo will be the Lakers' starting point guard next season

Ferrall On The Bench
October 30, 2018 - 10:45 am
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From Lonzo Ball to Kawhi Leonard, drama in the NBA continues to be a match made in heaven. NBA TV host Rick Kamla dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss some of that drama, starting with Ball, who will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus.

“I have followed injuries over the years, and I’m worried. I really am,” Kamla said on Ferrall on the Bench. “This is a meniscus thing. It’s always a speedier recovery when you remove meniscus. A lot of veteran players, maybe close to the playoffs, will just say, ‘Screw it. Let’s get it out of there. Get me back on the court as soon as possible.’ That’s not the best long-term decision. For a young cat like Lonzo Ball, I would believe that the doctors would be like, ‘Let’s play the long game here. Let’s repair it, not remove it.’”

Kamla predicted that Rajon Rondo, who signed to a one-year, $9 million deal with the Lakers, will be the team's starting point guard when the season begins.

“I believe that Rondo will be the Lakers’ starting point guard for game one with LeBron James, and that’s not a diss to Lonzo Ball,” Kamla said. “I believe that if Lonzo is healthy, and with all the investment that they have in him — Magic going out on a limb and saying that he’s the face of the franchise — I think there’s going to be a serious push to get Lonzo in that starting lineup. I don’t think he’s going to be ready. I think they’re going to play the long game, and I think Rondo will be there game one.”

In other news, Kamla was asked about reports that the Raptors could trade for Kawhi Leonard. Kamla's take? He doesn't doesn’t know, and he doesn’t care.

“I’m so bored with this whole thing,” Kamla said. “I’m so down on Kawhi Leonard. I’m buddies with the agent that he fired, and that agent was big for him in terms of advice and deal-making. How in the hell are you going to broker a big move out of San Antonio without an agent? He doesn’t have an agent, and he’s got people around him who are giving him bad advice. Kawhi Leonard’s inner circle is hurting him big time.”

Some people believe that Leonard, when healthy, could be the second-best player in the league behind LeBron James. Kamla, however, doesn’t believe the hype. 

“I heard some guy on the radio the other day talk about that he’s the second-best player in the NBA,” Kamla said. “Are you freaking kidding me? Kevin Durant is the second-best player in the NBA. I mean, think about how many guys you would rather have than Kawhi Leonard — given missing an entire year with a quad injury that didn’t require surgery, and given the fact that he took his ball and went home on (Gregg) Popovich and the Spurs. Are you freaking kidding me? That’s blasphemous. I’d rather take Steph Curry than him. I would rather take Klay Thompson than him. I would rather have Jimmy Butler than him. I’m down on Kawhi. I’m with Popovich and the Spurs on this one — 100 percent."