NBA champion, top assist man, and Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo, tweeted an interesting message on his twitter account late Monday evening. The message simply read “29,233,380 secs ” which could be a hint towards his highly anticipated return to the court after being sidelined from a torn left ACL he suffered on Jan. 25, 2013.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens indicated Rondo could return to the court on Friday, as the Boston Celtics host the Los Angeles Lakers in the first of two games the teams will play during the regular season. When healthy, Rondo is one of the top point guards in the league. During the 2012-2013 season he ranked #1 in assists and he was the vehicle that drove the Boston Celtics offense powered by former players Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) January 14, 2014
Now the Celtics look to rebuild around Rondo with a young nucleus of players that include Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger with the returning of Rondo only adding to the teams success. Currently the Celtics are floating in and out of the 8th playoff position in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but if Rondo can return to his high caliber point guard play, the Celtics may find themselves becoming a huge threat to any team seeking playoff positions 6-8.
Rondo “the walking double-double” is the only pivotal piece remaining from the post Garnett, Pierce, and Doc Rivers era, he will certainly have to prove he has the ability to lead a Celtics team complete with a new coaching system and slew of younger players. During the Celtics Eastern Conference dominance, many have accused Rondo of being a point guard who benefited from having great players around him (Pierce, Garnett, Allen), making his job as a point guard easy. Rondo has also been the talk of trade rumors for years, his contract is set to expire in 2015 which will make this year and next season a very interesting time to gauge the outcome of his continued career in a Celtics uniform.
Regardless of the scrutiny and rumors surrounding Rondo, he is one of the top defensive and rebounding guards in the league. He’s as tough of a player you will find in the NBA and not many guards encompass his knowledge and intelligence of the game.
Can Rondo return to NBA All-Star form? Is he the future of the Boston Celtics franchise? More importantly, can he lead the Celtics towards clinching a playoff birth in 2014? While I’m sure the answer is emphatically yes to all questions, Rondos future in a Boston Celtics uniform will ultimately be decided by him.
Welcome back Rondo, the East needs you!