Once Rajon Rondo was officially diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee late last January, the Big Three Celtics era was over. Sure they battled as best they could the rest of the season, but it was futile.
Fast forward to now. After the draft, after the trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, and after bringing in Brad Stevens to be the new coach, the Celtics (and their fans) have accepted that this is going to be a long year.
Even with Rondo fully healthy for the whole season, there are a lot of losses in the Celtics’ future. Now, its seems, Rondo won’t be ready when the Celtics’ tip off their first game on October 30th in Toronto.
“Shortly after Rondo’s injury, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge stated that Rondo would be back for the start of the season.
While there hasn’t been a delay in his recovery, Rondo’s timetable looks more and more like he will miss all of the preseason as well as some regular season games.
Stevens said no timetable has been set for Rondo’s return, adding that he had not inquired about Rondo’s return in the past couple of weeks.”
This isn’t really surprising news, nor is it particularly bad news. The Celtics were always going to be cautious with their star point guard. Furthermore, the team is going to be bad this year, and a trip to the lottery looks likely. Missing Rondo for some games probably means a few more losses, which means a few more ping pong balls in next year’s Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes.