"I heard we have great surgeons here in LA, so get right to it".
Rondo has been nearly like an extra assistant coach, constantly in the ears of the Lakers' young developing players and even organizing film sessions for the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. Lonzo Ball had replaced Rajon Rondo as the starting point guard, and stretch forward Kyle Kuzma replaced shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. But he helped stabilize the Lakers' second unit and finished some games for Walton. Likewise, expect to see an uptick in Ball's minutes with Rondo now out. "Most point guards aren't willing to switch onto LeBron, so there's confusion caused by two people trying to figure out how to keep him in front of them". The Lakers opted to play Lance Stephenson as the backup point guard during Rondo's suspension, opening up minutes for Svi Mykhailiuk to play as another guard off the bench.
The 14-time All-Star kicked off the game hot from beyond the arc, making his first five 3-pointers.
The 76ers blew an 11-point lead at the end of the third quarter as they fell to the Magic in Jimmy Butler's debut.
James needed 39 points on Wednesday to pass Chamberlain.
The 33-year-old superstar scored 28 points in the second half and vaulted past Chamberlain on a three-point play with 3:55 to go, finishing the night with 31,425 points, six more than Chamberlain amassed in his iconic career.
Damian Lillard had 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored 23 in the Trail Blazers' first road loss to the Lakers since February 22, 2013, ending a nine-game streak at Staples.
And Ball was on the receiving end of James' overall production.
"Anytime my name is mentioned with some of the greats who have played this game, I'll always think back to my hometown, how far I've come", James told reporters.
"I had to sit back and remind myself, 'You knew what you were getting yourself into.' This process has been good for me". "I didn't know he had the numbers he had tonight, but obviously he had a great game and the stats showed in the end".