|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 28, 2013 at 2:55 AM|
It seems that most want Rondo to wait until he's 100%, and I think that's the case regardless of outside opinion. Tony Allen spent four seasons with Rondo in a Celtics uniform, and Rondo was a rookie when Tony Allen tore his ACL in 2007. Allen knows first hand what major knee surgery is all about.
“He called me when he first got injured,” Allen said before scoring 12 points during Memphis’ 100-93 win Wednesday night at the TD Garden. “I encouraged him to come back when he's 100 percent. I compared it to when I came back from mine – I came back too early, and I had to sit back down for about three more weeks. I can remember that like yesterday. I'm just hoping he can take his time with it, but go 100 percent in his rehab.”
Rondo said once that he will know he’s ready to return when he can dunk of his right (injured) leg. Allen had a different benchmark for knowing he had returned to full strength.
“I always used to tell myself, ‘I'm back when I can get a tip dunk or a breakaway dunk,’” he said. “I remember being on the break one time playing the Utah Jazz. I caught the ball and did a windmill. Had I missed it, I'd have known I wasn't ready. But I made it, and I felt like I was back.
“But I had the brace on, and don’t nobody want to play with no brace. I played with a brace for pretty much the whole season, and then we got in the playoffs to make that run and I took it off.”
Tony Allen is one of those players that you wish you still had. What if the Celtics had TA in 2012 against the Heat? Oh well, no point about that. Tony and Rondo are two different players. But the injury and rehab is something you don't mess with, and I think Rondo and the Celtics are taking this very serious.