Post-game Reactions

While Danny Ainge has probably been incredibly busy, trying to figure out how, and with who, the Celtics will proceed after losing their All-Star point guard for the season. Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald caught up with Ainge yesterday about what the team plans to do in the interim, along with his expectations about Rondo’s return.

Though the recovery from reconstructive knee surgery can vary, depending on the player, Ainge said he expects Rondo to be ready for the start of training camp next season.

Ainge said Rondo should undergo surgery in the next “10 to 14 days.”

CH’s Take: That target date would put Rondo at a pace to fully recover in just 7-8 months depending on the timing of the surgery. It’s quite the optimistic timetable of a return, but as we’ve seen in other sports (hello, Adrian Peterson) it’s becoming less far-fetched these days to return from an ACL injury. While it’s too early to know for sure, my guess is the tear in Rondo’s ACL is not nearly as bad as the one that Derrick Rose suffered during last year’s postseason. Hopefully the recovery time will reflect that. Another example is Kendrick Perkins returning just seven months after tearing his ACL during the 2010 NBA Finals. Anywhere in the 6-12 month range at this point seems reasonable.

In my opinion, Rondo’s recovery timetable is pretty important to the C’s roster planning for this season and next obviously. If Rondo was expected to miss a good portion of next season as well, it would probably be easier for Ainge to dump a guy like Paul Pierce with little hope the team would have the pieces for even a shot at deep playoff run for next year, in addition to this year.

Having a (potentially) healthy Rondo back right away next season, which should allow the point guard to get out the kinks and rust early in the year could make the C’s somewhat relevant still next year if the team’s supporting cast plays to their potential. It’s a stretch to think about what C’s will look like next year if Rondo is back, but an interesting proposition for Ainge to consider in trying to plan his next move.

In the interim though, it appears Danny is content to watch and wait to see how his team’s backcourt can handle life without Rondo. 

“I’m not going to bring someone in now who is just going to sit on the bench. We could sign a couple of players to minimum contracts, but that’s all we can do right now.  We have to see whether someone becomes available through trade or free agency who can actually crack our rotation.

“Right now I’m looking to give the guys we have a chance to play,” he said. “Then we’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.”

Beyond a 10-day contract, I doubt the Celtics bring in anyone for the next few weeks anyway. As Ainge said, the team has four very capable players on his roster in the backcourt, all probably better than anything the C’s could get on the free agent market for the time being. Also remember, any deal beyond a 10-day contract signed now is guaranteed for the remainder of the season, which would limit the team’s trade and cap flexibility moving towards the trade deadline. For these reasons, I expect Ainge to stand pat, for at least the next three weeks, evaluate the team sans Rondo and proceed accordingly from there.

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Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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  • ghoulbuns

    Great news! Both his recovery time, and Ainge deciding to watch and see what happens

  • Joe

    Delonte West please!

    • Tom

      agreed i want delonte west back

      • elroz

        hmmm…not a bad idea! … they do have 4 quality guards that can all handle the ball and be part of plays (they're not point guards of course) .. but getting Delonte is a rather nice one … he'd have enough time to get back in shape – about a month, and then he can pick up.

    • Jim

      Yes bring Delonte back. That would be a great move for us and Delonte.

    • Except that Doc won't let that happen. He and West had some 'personal' issues, which has been cited as a reason he isn't on the team now.

  • Jspace88

    joe your dumb af

    • someguyinsac

      Name calling or an insult only puts you in the first place spot in that race. Play nice and at least give a reasonable response as to why you don't agree with him.

  • OKCeltic

    I have to disagree with bringing back D West. He's a head case. I know many of you will say "KG and the rest of the veterans will keep him straight", but why have KG and the others waste energy for a guard who doesn't bring anything more than what the team already has. Lee & AB bring the D, and Terry & LB have a history of being equal to better shooters. Sorry, I just don't see the upside in recycling this guy.

  • IBleedGreen

    Why does it matter what Ainge thinks or says now? They next season is still about 9 months away, who knows what's going to happen between now and then?

  • james patrick

    Tired of hearing people say to blow it up. You know what? Go kick rocks. True Celtic fans will ride this wave wherever it takes us. You can't replace the loyalty KG and Pierce have shown this team. CELTIC PRIDE no matter what! Dump Pierce. is that really the way you talk about our Captain? Nice

    • janos

      hi james patrcick

      • James Patrick

        hi janos! tough break huh? 🙁

    • Nick magliozzi

      I agree with James. Pierce and Garnett have been the most loyal celtics since the Bird era and you want get rid of them. That's ridiculous. I want to win another championship but not at the expense of getting rid of these two players.

    • I couldn't have said it any better.

    • David

      amen brother

  • old knees 54

    I agree with JPat. Paul Pierce is the Celtics! The ride he has taken all of us on is the most sublime story. Even if he only wins one the pain of loss and the variety of mishaps over the last four years that he has held this team together through is amazing. PP deserves our respect. OUT.

  • elroz

    I'd love for PP and KG remain as Celtics…. retire their numbers… see them move up in scoring and rebounding ranks all time

    4 quality guards can handle the ball…instead of a centralize offense where everything goes through Rondo, they can have a more fluid, flexible offense…in theory at least.

  • Josh_5

    Jermaine Oneal, Patrick Patterson, Al Jefferson, Carlos Delfino, Chris Bosh. The list is growing.

  • JBeatz

    Thanks JPat. Glad to see there are still true fans out there.

  • swissflix

    Ok, so Rondo is out. I am still going to watch all the celtics game and i think main focus in the second half of the season should still be about how to improve the second unit's performance (Green, Terry). To me, this is far more important than a trade rushed just in order to get a point guard in. And besides, i doubt it would actually help very much.
    I know Pierce and Garnett take great pride in their work and everyone writing them off surely must stir a fire in them. Don't care how far they go, it's my team. Go Celtics! Celtics pride!

  • James

    I watched too many games from too many seasons with Antione Walker chucking up shot after shot from the cheap seats not to still care about this team. As long PP and KG are still kicking it, they will have chance. This is a great opportunity for someone to step up. In a weird way it makes the rest of the season that much more intriguing.

    • janos

      rondos would want this win, we must do it him and for all real fan

  • Troof

    Maybe it's time to give Fab a little NBA run experience

  • janos

    am still in the dark place for me but hopeful see some games and wins and start feel better but none theis guys ever replace rondos, for me

  • Diderot

    The Celtics need a Pg that can run the team and make shots. Bring back Marbury

  • Steven

    Allen Iverson…

  • David

    Let Bradley, Lee PP KG Sully start and use LB Terry Green Wilcox and melo or collins on the bench. then see how the bench plays. After that, make a move if needed