COMMENTARY | Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo continues to recover from the ACL tear that he suffered in January of the 2012-2013 season. And while there is still no timetable to announce regarding his return, recent reports suggest that Rondo will likely not start the season on the active roster.
CSNNE.com's A. Sherrod Blakely is reporting that although there have not been any setbacks in his recovery, "Rondo's timetable looks more and more like he will miss all of the preseason as well as some regular season games."
Dr. James Andrews, the famed orthopedic surgeon who operated on Curt Schilling's Achilles tendon prior to Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series, surgically repaired Rondo's knee in February 2013. Since then, wild speculation regarding a potential return has run rampant.
News that Rondo will likely not start the season or play in any preseason games indicates that his recovery has been slower than what was originally expected, or that the team is being more cautious than usual with its young star.
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who originally suggested that Rondo could return for training camp and the start of the season, is understandably going to be careful bringing him back before he is ready. This is not only to protect the best player on the team but also to ensure that the best trade chip on the roster is able to maintain his value.
The reality for the Celtics' front office is that reaching the playoffs is an extremely high goal to attain given the current state of the roster and Rondo's injury. It makes absolutely no sense then, especially given the large number of guards already on the roster, for Ainge to rush Rondo's return. As long as he is on the floor by the end of November, Boston should have enough time to show the rest of the league, namely prospective trade partners, that Rondo's knee has fully recovered and to showcase his talent.
If Rondo does suffer a setback, it could severely hurt the ability of the Celtics to get full value in a deal prior to the trade deadline in February, not to mention the fact that it would absolutely obliterate any opportunities the team may have to sneak in the postseason.
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Justin Haskins is a New England native and a freelance journalist. He has been obsessively following Boston professional sports for 10 years and has been published in numerous online publications and websites.
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