Before you get your hopes up Celtics fans, we’re still not talking about this season.
But the latest news coming out of the camp of Rajon Rondo is seen as a positive, and if true and the rehab goes according to planned, Boston could see its All-Star point guard return before the beginning of next season.
From A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNewEngland:
The agent for Rajon Rondo tells CSNNE.com that the torn ACL injury suffered by Rondo is a partial tear, opening the door for him to possibly return to the floor sooner than anticipated.
Following the injury, Rondo’s timetable to return to action was expected to be sometime before the start of next season.
“It’s still too early to tell for sure,” his agent Bill Duffy told CSNNE.com. “But we are very optimistic about his return now that we know his injury is only a partial tear and not a full tear.”
None of us are doctors here (shout out to Dwight Howard), but a partial tear sounds better than a full tear, so the optimism from Rondo’s agent is understandable.
The Celtics have rallied since Rondo went down with the torn ACL back on Jan. 27, and are currently riding a six-game winning streak after blowing out the Lakers at home on Thursday.
That doesn’t mean that Boston is better without Rondo, of course, so the team will take any positive news it can get surrounding the injury, especially if it means they’ll get him back on the floor earlier than expected.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.
Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.
Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.