|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 29, 2013 at 5:40 AM|
I feel a different vibe from Rondo these days. When I see him on the bench looking like a mini Doc Rivers, I get excited for his return. Without a doubt it's hard to determine where the Celtics would be in this series if Rondo was here. It's hard to even imagine because the Celtics may have won the Atlantic with him. The tables could very well be turned if Rondo remained healthy, and if the Celtics made their run in the final 40 games.
“I could have made a little bit of difference,” Rondo said before yesterday’s 97-90 C’s win in overtime. “I don’t think we’d be where we are now, but that’s neither here nor there.”
I agree Rondo I don't think the Celtics would be down right now, but as you say it's neither here nor there. The biggest concern for Celtic fans shouldn't be a first round exit, it should be the health of Rondo. He's the future, and key to this franchise. Without him, this team won't survive next season.
“I don’t like losing,” he said. “I’m not on the floor right now — I’m still a part of the team — but I hate losing. Just trying to do the best I can with my teammates on the bench and the sideline, telling my teammates what I see.”
The one thing Rondo can’t get a feel for is his own recovery. Though the Celtics have said he should be ready for the start of training camp next fall as the result of what was only a partially torn ACL, don’t expect Rondo to have a timetable.
Even if he has used the miraculous comeback of NFL Vikings running back Adrian Peterson as his model.
“I can’t jump, I can’t walk, so right now I don’t know if I’m on schedule,” said Rondo. “I don’t know where I am, because this is the first time I’ve had ACL surgery.”
It sounds scary to be Rondo right now. I'm worried about what this injury may have done to him, or what it may do next season to this team, and going forward really.