|Posted by shawn cassidy on September 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM|
Danny Ainge said he'd be "shocked" if Rondo was set to go opening night in Toronto. During an appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 the SportsHub Ainge had this to say about Rondo's return.
"We’ve just seen examples of why we shouldn’t give dates of expected return," said Ainge, likely with a nod toward two recent high-profile ACL rehabs in Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Derrick Rose. "We’ll just take it week by week and he’ll continue to get evaluated, but he’s working extremely hard, and he wants to play. He’s excited for the new team. I think there was a time when all of [Boston's offeseason moves were] happening that he was sort of wondering, ‘Where do I fit in here?’ ‘What’s our team?’ But I think Rajon is in a very good place right now."
"I don’t think we would ever succumb to the pressure of bringing back a player from an ACL too soon," said Ainge. "We’ve got to do what’s right for him. He’s young -- maybe if he was 37 and it was his last year, but he’s still so young. And he’s our best player. We can’t afford to make any mistakes and judgment on when to bring him back."
I think the Celtics are playing it safe this season with Rondo. I wouldn't be surprise if he's back in late January. Ainge doesn't have the best track record when it comes to injuries. But, I think he's being honest for once. There isn't false hope now that Rondo comes back opening night. Ainge has us believing that his return will be a slow process meaning it could be a year to the date from his actual injury.