|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 13, 2013 at 7:20 AM|
ROAD FOR RONDO?
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo dropped in on a couple Celtics home games after returning to the area following his initial Florida-based rehab from the ACL surgery he underwent in February. Rivers was asked if he has a preference on whether Rondo travels with the team in the postseason.
"I could care less," said Rivers. "I think he may [travel] some. You know how I am with that: I don’t care about that stuff. I think that guy, whoever it is –- Kevin [Garnett] when he was injured [during the 2009 playoffs] –- I think they have to be comfortable in whatever they’re doing. And their job is to get healthy, even though it’s for next year.
"To me, that’s where their focus needs to stay –- not traveling with us and getting behind. Rondo is on a tight schedule to get back for next year. I don’t need him traveling with us and getting off that schedule."
The Celtics have eyed an aggressive nine-month timetable for Rondo's return, hoping their All-Star point guard will be ready for training camp in October. There's optimism that, with Rondo sustaining only a partial ACL tear and no other ligament damage when it occurred in late January -- and Rondo's own personal motivation to get back quickly -- that he'll be able to meet that timeline. As the rehab of Chicago's Derrick Rose shows, however, every recovery is different and Rose isn't ready to return yet despite being nearly a full year removed from his ACL injury.
All I care about is Rondo's rehab, yes it would be nice to see Rondo with the club, but at the end of the day getting better is the most important thing. I think will see Rondo at least in the TD Garden. On the road could be a possibility, but not likely.