The trajectory of Rajon Rondo’s return has been very hard to pinpoint. One moment he is supposed to be back in time for training camp and then the next moment he’s going to be out until the turn of the calendar year. There has been very little, if any, factual reporting on this situation.
Brad Stevens hasn’t set a date for Rondo, either. Chris Foresberg of ESPN Boston reports:
“[Rondo] hasn’t put a date on [a return], and we haven’t put a date on it,” Stevens said before Celtics players and staff led a basketball clinic at Holland Elementary School in Dorchester as part of the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation’s annual community service days. “I told him, whenever he feels best and he’s ready to come back, we’ll support him and we’ll be happy that he’s back. But it hasn’t been a specific date. Literally, I haven’t even asked that question in the past couple of weeks.”
Stevens has been particularly coy on Rondo’s rehabilitation and what he is able to do. He remains adamant that no one has put a specific date on Rondo’s return–he even went as far as to say that he hasn’t inquired about his return in the last few weeks. Needless to say, they’re letting Rondo take his time with this and doing the right thing. They don’t want to rush him back and have him struggling. That would hurt the team’s performance and Rondo’s overall value in case the C’s thought about trading him.
CSN New England’s Sherrod Blakely suggests that Rondo is likely going to be out for the entire preseason.
While there hasn’t been a delay 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.
Stevens said no timetable has been set for Rondo’s return, adding that he had not inquired about Rondo’s return in the past couple of weeks.
For Rondo, that is probably best. Playing meaningless games and facing the possibility of re-injuring himself isn’t something that you want to do here if you are him or if you are Stevens.
The way that the Celtics are handling Rondo is picture perfect. He’ll return whenever he returns and the Celtics will find out what they have in other players on the roster.