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Rondo would embrace time with Claws in Maine

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 3, 2014 at 5:15 AM

There's still no timetable for Rajon Rondo's return to the Celtics lineup, but the four-time All-Star confirmed a possible stint with the Claws.

ESPN Boston
"I think that’s what [the D-League is] for," Rondo told reporters in Chicago (video HERE) before the Celtics visited the Bulls. "I’d probably be the first guy to do that, but it doesn’t make a difference. I want to make sure I’m healthy and I handle it the right way. I don't want my first [game-like action] to be with the Celtics. I haven't had a preseason. I haven't had a training camp. Right now, this is pretty much my training camp."

Rondo's approach to all of this is awesome, and amazing after all he's been through.

Rondo added, "It’s an idea, definitely. That’s more game-like speed. With our schedule, with the Celtics, we don’t get a chance to play a lot of pickup, so [the Red Claws] might be a possibility."

With Rondo preparing to travel out west with the Celtics on a five-game road trip starting Sunday in Oklahoma City, it's unclear when Rondo might join Maine for practice and/or game reps.

"You just never know," said Rondo. "I might pop up and just play. [Reporters] won’t get the memo. You’ll have to catch me on YouTube or something. But I don’t know. It’ll be like an overnight decision."

I love the fact that this is Rondo's idea.He's a humble guy depsite what's said about him. Rondo also spoke about being "close", what does that mean? I don't know, does anyone know. The NBA is always a play on words. Rondo will be back this month, I believe in that. Although I thought he would be back already, I think he's close.

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Reply Celticslifer
12:58 PM on January 3, 2014 
Rondo said that he wasn't phased by Rose getting re-injured, and I thin;k somewhere in the back of his mind he's worried, it's only natural. I hope to see Rondo back by the Lakers game.