Pelicans’ Rondo makes debut; will be eased back in

Rajon Rondo handed out a franchise-record 25 assists for the New Orleans Pelicans in a win against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo made his season debut Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks after missing the opening part of the year recovering from sports hernia surgery.

Rondo underwent surgery in the beginning of October and was expected to miss four-to-six weeks. The veteran will be eased back into the rotation.

Rondo played five minutes versus the Hawks and scored 2 points (1-of-1) and dished out one assist. He averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists per game last season with the Chicago Bulls.

When healthy, the Pelicans envision a scenario where Rondo and Jrue Holiday start together in the backcourt.