|Posted by Morena on January 15, 2014 at 2:20 PM|
Since the news that Rondo is probably coming back on Friday, I really couldn’t think about anything else. Everyone of us of the Celtics Nation, has been awaiting this news for a long time: players, coach, and fans. And everyone of us is pretty certain that his return will change a lot of thing in the balance of our team.
Stevens never had the chance to coach a game with Rondo on the court; he could count on his help from the sideline, and that was already big, but I’m pretty sure that it will be even easier for the him to coach with Rondo on the field. Rondo is known for having a special instinct for the game, and from the field he can see even more things than he does from the bench. The communication between the two of them is great, and this will make the game easier for anybody, coach included.
Yet, Stevens already saw what Rondo can bring to the game just watching him during practice in the last month, since the point guard has been cleared for full contact. Here’s what he had to say yesterday about Rondo’s return:
“Listen, when Rajon’s on the court, I’m telling you, everybody has a better idea of where they’re supposed to be because he helps remind them and point them in that direction,” Stevens said following yesterday’s practice session in which, as planned, Rondo raised his level of physical intensity. He’s a natural point guard. He’s a natural leader. He’s one of the best in the business at it. And that’s what the best are supposed to do; they’re supposed to make others better, and he’s really good at it. Hopefully, he’ll lift up some of our guys. . . . He has that kind of impact.”
Sullinger had this to say about Rondo’s tweet:
“With Rondo, it’s always a mystery,” he said, also smiling, while referencing Rondo’s probable return to the court. “I think that’s him. That’s his M.O., on and off the basketball court. He’s always a mystery.”
And he also reported a nice episode that made us all remember one of the reasons why we missed Rondo so much:
“We had practice today and he threw a pass at me in 5-on-0 and it kind of blew my mind because I didn’t even think he was going to pass it to me,” said Sullinger. “I forgot last year I was told by a seasonal vet, ‘Always have your hands up.’ It was just kind of shocking that he threw it in 5-on-0 the way he did.” Asked if the pass hit him in the face, Sullinger said, “Almost. Luckily I have good enough hands where I kind of dodged that.”
I don’t know exactly what I will feel when I’ll see Rondo back on the court.
A lot of images are running through my mind about the last months, and one of them is myself in front of my computer the night after the news of Rondo injury came out: I was sitting there crying looking at my computer screen with both disbelief and desperation: part of me still didn’t want to accept what happened, while the other half already understood the gravity of the injury.
Now, almost a year later, looking at that tweet, I just want to go down on my knees and cry, but this time I’ll shed tears of happiness.
Finally, time is running down.