|Posted by Morena on December 25, 2013 at 7:05 AM|
And finally, it’s Christmas.
All of us Celtics fans didn’t get the present we were waiting for, but the last weeks still brought us a lot of hope. News, reports, and then the video.
Rondo spoke with the media a few days ago and he said once again that he’s not sure when he’ll be back, that it could be mid-January or late February.
He’ll never tell the media anything certain about when he’s coming back. He’ll probably say it the day before stepping on the court. I think that the end of January is more realistic. He’s been out for a long time and he’ll need some time to get back in his own rhythm. Sometimes I forget how hard it must be to play at such a hard level. When I skip some days at the gym, my training routine feels always a little harder when I go back, and I train just for fan. Rondo worked out the whole time after the surgery, but what he was allowed to do was a lot different from the basketball activity he used to do and that he will do from now on.
He showed with that post-training scrimmage session that he is ready to work extremely hard to come back as soon as possible. He said a couple of things that I really loved in that interview:
“I’m eager to play the game of basketball. It’s what I’ve been doing my entire life,” Rondo said. “Never had a time where I had to sit out this much so it’s a very humbling experience. I just want to play the game. It’s a lot going on in my mind but team first. Once [the game’s] over, I want to play and while I’m out there I want to play. Everything happens for a reason and when I get back I’ll be ready to go. I have confidence in my knee, I’m excited to be playing the game of basketball again so it’s just a matter of me getting a lot of repetition, five-on-five basketball and just playing the game”
First of all, it’s been so comforting to hear he trust his knee. I know we have to take everything he says carefully, and he probably still doesn’t trust his knee the way he used to, but I think that those training session will help him big time, and as Sully said, they will show him he can get right back up after hitting the ground. The other thing I noticed is how much all this experience helped him growing up. Ever since he started talking to the media again after months of absolute silence, he sounds different, more mature. There’s always his cocky looks, his dry humor, but looking at him and listening to him, you understand that you’re in front of a guy that learned a lesson the hard way.
We’ll see a new player in 2014, and he’ll surprise us once again.
I’m pretty sure that one day, when we’re not expecting it, he’ll step on the court lighting up the Garden.
Meanwhile, let me thank you guys very much for all the support you give me every day; it’s always a pleasure to read you posts and comments.
Merry Christmas every one, I hope you’ll have a wonderful day.