Rajon Rondo Without a Timetable
After Rajon Rondo tore his ACL on his right knee on January 25th, he made the bold prediction that he would be ready by opening day on October 30th. However, a recent progress report by his new coach, Brad Stevens, may indicate otherwise. "He's obviously limited in what he can do on the court," Stevens said. "But he's a worker. That was one thing that was very noticeable."
Following Rondo’s injury on January 25th, his actual surgery took place about three weeks later on February 15th. The Celtics are scheduled to play their first game on October 30th against the Toronto Raptors, which gives Rondo about 8.5 months to be ready for opening day. But will this be enough time for Rondo to recuperate? Typically, an ACL injury can take as long as 11-12 months for a player to be healthy enough to play, let alone, 100% healthy. And with the Celtics roster in flux and most likely out of the playoffs, the Celtics would be wise to slowly bring along their superstar than to rush him back for a team that would be lucky to get the 8th seed. Otherwise, they might risk losing Rondo for the entire season or have him in and out of the line-up the entire year.