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.
The Bruins faithful were out in full force tonight as most of the night saw many fans shoulder to shoulder, donned in black and gold, just happy to celebrate the return of their beloved Boston Bruins.
CSNNE‘s A. Sherrod Blakely stopped by the party, and despite admitting to only having gone to one Bruins game, was still impressed by the turnout of the fans. “The Bruins are obviously a big deal in Boston” said Blakely “It’s a great, great atmosphere”. He wasn’t kidding, over 600 fans packed into the Harp Thursday night for the event.
“When I used to cover the ACC in North Carolina, the fans were very rowdy” Blakely continued “Bruins fans remind me of that, they become a part of the game”.
Among the many Bruins die-hards in attendance was a man with a Viking’s helmet and a shield sporting the Bruins’ logo, a gentleman with a fake beard and a Winter Classic jersey with Eddie Shore’s number 2 on the back, and an uncountable amount of Bruins jerseys featuring the numbers of current, former, and retired players.
Those in attendance were treated to an early preview of something they knew all too well. Rene Rancourt sang his rendition of the star spangled banner for the crowd prompting them to sing along. He then said he would be singing the Canadian anthem Saturday in French asking “anyone in here speak French?”. One man in the crowd could and Rancourt gave him the mic. After allowing the fan to sing a few lines Rene took the mic back and said to the crowd “Let’s throw this guy out of here”.
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The “White Mamba”has not sported Celtics Green since 2010, but Boston’s favorite GINGER has never gone off the radar. After two seasons in Chicago, Brian Scalabrine called it a career and he is now pursuing a career as a sports analyst.