The Boston Celtics will have an entirely new look when the 2013-2014 season tips off. Veterans Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry have all moved on to the Brooklyn Nets. In addition, the timetable for Rajon Rondo’s return from ACL surgery remains unclear.
Rondo is expected to be the leader of the Celtics and the core of the franchise. Naturally, many are wondering how he is going to get along with new head coach Brad Stevens. According to CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely, we may not find out until after the first month of the season.
When listing his potential starting five for the Celtics’ regular season opener, Blakely speculated that Rondo could miss about a month before returning. Rondo suffered a torn ACL on Jan. 25. We have all seen how long it has taken Derrick Rose to recover from a similar injury, so it would be a surprise if Rondo is fully recovered less than a year after blowing out his knee.
Boston GM Danny Ainge insists the team is not going to tank games and rebuild. If that’s the case, the first month of the season could be important for Stevens to set the tone. Ideally, Rondo won’t miss more than a month. The Celtics will have enough trouble winning games as is with their revamped roster, let alone trying to keep their heads above water without their best player.