There have been some reports that Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will be coming back soon. Rondo is playing in one-on-one and two-on-two games with Phil Pressey, Courtney Lee, and MarShon Brooks in practice recently. Rondo has not been cleared for full-contact yet.
In an interview with The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich program on Thursday morning, Danny Ainge said Rondo “is not close.” The Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes reported that Rondo will meet with orthopedist Dr. James Andrews “in the next 10 to 14 days.”
Ainge also said that Rondo still has “a little bit of a limp.” Rondo won’t be back until 2014 and this news appears that the team doesn’t plan to rush Rondo back onto the court.
The 27-year-old tore his right ACL in a game against the Atlanta Hawks last January 27th and he underwent surgery in mid-February.
While many fans want to see Rondo back in a Celtics uniform, there is a risk of Rondo re-injuring his knee if he comes back too soon. The team does not need Rondo because the organization is rebuilding their roster and they are not competing for a championship this season.
There is no real timetable for torn ACL’s because there are several factors that affect the player’s movement. Typically, most players come back about 9-12 months after the injury. The injury could lead to another freak occurrence if it is not healed properly. Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was heavily criticized for not returning according to other people’s timetable last year (Rose tore his ACL in April 2012). When Rose came back this season, he tore the meniscus in his other knee and had to undergo season-ending surgery. Rondo also relies on his speed as he can be a one-man fast-break when he is healthy.
The Celtics can afford to be patient and give him enough time to heal. Celtics’ fans will miss both Rondo and former Celtic Paul Pierce in the game in Brooklyn against the Nets on December 10th because Pierce is out with a broken bone in his right hand.
Despite the absence of Rondo, the Celtics are in first place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 8-12. The Eastern Conference is brutal and there are only two teams (Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat) with winning records.
Don’t expect Rondo to come back until both Rondo and the Celtics feel he is completely ready to play.