The moment most Boston Celtics fans have been waiting for is finally close to happening. After being cleared to ‘resume all basketball activities’ by Dr. James Andrews, star PG Rajon Rondo completed the final step before he can suit up and return to the hardwood to manage Boston’s offense.
While Rondo’s presence would certainly benefit the team in a number of ways – the offense would have a true facilitator and Jordan Crawford would be able to come off the bench as a scorer in a role that suits him better – the Celtics should be smart with his return and should bring him back slowly into action.
Tore ACLs are difficult injuries to recover from, and we all witnessed what happened with Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose who got re-injured once again and is likely to be out the remainder of the year. With that in mind, the Celtics’ medical staff should work with Rondo, and depending on his performance in practice he needs to take little steps before he truly feels like himself again.
Boston’s head coach Brad Stevens already said he doesn’t expect Rondo to be back until next year at the earliest, and they should hold him out to avoid rushing things. Rondo might be the only franchise player on the roster, but that doesn’t mean his presence is a benefit for Boston in the long run.
After all, the team isn’t exactly loaded with talent and the higher draft pick they can get, the better for the franchise. While tanking isn’t the best thing to do – considering the weak status of the Atlantic Division – the Celtics should ease Rondo’s return until he feels he’s 100 percent ready to step on to the court.