Rajon Rondo looks to make his return to the hardwood
Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 03:10
The 'Big Three' is no more in Boston.
But Rondo was gone before Garnett and Pierce as he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in late January.
The injury came during the 123-111 double-overtime loss with the Atlanta Hawks. The initial report was a hyperextended knee, but after Rondo gingerly worked out on it, the Celtics were concerned enough to send him in for an MRI.
In an unexpected question-and-answer session, Rondo revealed that his ACL rehabilitation is coming along quicker than what has been speculated in the media said Yahoo! Sports.
Rondo announced to the gathered reporters, "I got fitted for my first brace, so I don't think contact will be too far from now. So I'm just waiting to get cleared from my doctors."
The All-Star point guard feels that his leg is getting stronger every day and looks forward to making an “Adrian Peterson-esque” comeback.
Rondo’s return timing is perfect as the Celtics did not play well in preseason contests. The ball club lost six of their eight preseason games, and dropped all four road games.
Another Achilles’ heel for the Boston ball club is their sense of offense and its production. Up until the end of last season, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were the crux of Boston basketball.
Last season, Paul brought almost 19 points to every game, while Garnett offered up 15 points.
The Boston offense looked lost in preseason without its mainstays in the lineup, but with Rondo getting healthy, that can change.
However, with the point guard making his way back to the hardwood, trade talks will come up.
ESPN.com's Marc Stein, who recently wrote in his 2013-2014 power rankings that the Celtics "have to trade Rondo." Stein continued, "You know it, I know it, everyone in basketball knows it."
If Rondo continues to progress in rehab, it’s a great thing for the Celtics. Until other teams know what his knee looks like, trade negotiators can’t really begin talking about the situation.
It would nearly impossible for the Celtics to get full trade value for Rondo if he’s not in the best shape. Once his knee is completely healed, trade rumors will begin to fly.