As the Lakers brought in a parade of new players this NBA offseason, including guards Dennis Schroder and Wes Matthews, plus big men Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol, along with little-used wing Alfonzo McKinnie, they were in the difficult position of having to send away key contributors to last year’s championship.

None, perhaps has been missed so much as Rajon Rondo, especially with the Lakers almost entirely lacking a backup point guard. And as the Lakers faced the Hawks on Monday night in Atlanta, where Rondo now plays, coach Frank Vogel admitted as much.

“We’ll be ready for a classic Rondo night,” Vogel said on Monday in a videoconference with reporters. “He is going to be orchestrating on both sides of the ball. But I will say that we really miss him around here.