Rajon Rondo has made it pretty clear that he is wanting to make his season debut for the Celtics on Friday, as they host one of their most hated rivals in the Los Angeles Lakers. There were a lot of comments coming from the Celtics organization from coaches and players giving there thoughts on the whole situation. Celtics coach Brad Stevens is waiting on the teams strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo’s approval saying,
“We’re looking for his thumb to go up,” Stevens said. “That’s his call, along with our trainers and our doctors. There’s no basketball boxes that need to be checked.”
Stevens said he has not discussed minutes restrictions or whether Rondo would sit out the second game of back-to-back sets.
“I’m guessing there will be a minutes restriction,” he said. “He feels more comfortable playing, even as a guy who hasn’t played organized in a year, he’s still impactful in a big-time way with other people on the court with him. Yeah I would think there’s a chance he’s back Friday.”
Rondo still has a few of the pieces left that he had when he went down with the injury 338 days ago with Brandon Bass, Jeff Green and fellow guard Avery Bradley. Now that Jordan Crawford is gone Jerryd Bayless and Phil Pressey will have to give the Celtics good minutes while Rondo will be playing limited minutes these first few games. Boston General Manager Danny Ainge had this to say about Rondo:
“He just feels like it’s time. I think there is going to be an adjustment for him on the court, but he has to start sometime.”