|Posted by Morena on December 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM|
Ainge said this week that, no matter what several report say, Rondo is still weeks away from coming back.
Just a couple of days ago, they revealed a scheduled meeting with Dr. Andrews, and we all hoped he would be cleared for normal practice. Now, the day when we’ll see him on the court looks a little more far away. But I don’t mind that. As I said more than once, I want him back when he’s ready. There’s no need to rush back from an injury, especially one as serious as an ACL tear.
Early this week, when the rumors come out, the media started to ask some of the players about Rondo. The common opinion is that he looks pretty good. Marshon Brooks said he’s almost there after being defeated in a race down the court, Sully confirmed that Rondo is quick, and that he’s just typical Rondo. Those words were echoed by Wallace and Bradley. Avery also said that this team is starting to get it going, and that once Rondo will be back, we can be really dangerous for everybody.
I’m still not sure I trust those words, especially after what happened last year. Those memories seems to never leave my mind, lingering there like a dark cloud over my excitement. But that’s not something that apply to everybody. I’m really curious to see what he can do with guys like Sully and Kelly, and the way he can help everybody else if they’re willing to play for the team.
Stevens said he won’t have to change to adapt to our style of play, because he’ll fit perfectly. During the summer, they worked to build this team around Rondo, and everyone seems to buy in the system.
At the same time, Rondo is working hard on two different directions: on one side, he keeps rehabbing his knee to be back stronger than ever, preparing physically and mentally to whatever he will have to face this season. Meanwhile, he’s working to be a better leader. He know he will have to bring the team on those broad shoulders, and he will take us with those large hands as far as we can go.
And he’s doing good. The young guys are really excited to play with him, and everyone say he’s a constant presence, always telling what he sees, not criticizing but helping, being hard but not unbearable. And that’s what you need to do to push your teammates to do better and to give it all. Most importantly, he’s not just talking, but he’s leading by example, working hard, arriving early and staying in the gym late for extra practice.
Ainge said this week that Rondo played some 2-on-2 this week and that he was really disappointed because he didn’t win all the games. Great to see that that fire is always burning. Doc Rivers more than once called Rondo a volcano, because he may looks calm, but he always has a fire inside. And that’s something I love, especially now that Rondo is learning how to control it and to use it like a weapon.
No matter what we’ll have to wait, when he’ll be back, we’ll be a much better team. When he’ll step on the field, his voice will be like a lighthouse in a stormy night. We’ll have something to hold on tight. It will still be a difficult season, but we will have someone that will guide us on a steady ground. We’ll just have to follow the sound.