News of Rajon Rondo's torn ACL shocked the NBA world Sunday afternoon. The Boston Celtics' point guard will undergo surgery which will end his season. It will likely keep him out for the first part of next season as well, but Celtics' President Danny Ainge believes Rondo could be back by the start of training camp.
According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Ainge expects Rondo back by the start of training camp because of the athletes who have managed to come back within six months from a similar injury.
"Rajon will get surgery in 10 to 14 days, when the swelling is right and we anticipate that he'll back and as good as ever in training camp," Ainge said. "(Kendrick Perkins) Perk came back in six months and that's a little bit unusual and Adrian Peterson came back in six months and so did Wes Welker. I guess every body is a little bit different and [with] every injury there's some differences."
Ainge's confidence may not be misplaced. If there is anyone on the Celtics' roster who could come back in six months from this type of injury, it's Rondo. He is young and should be able to bounce-back quickly. That would be fantastic news for the Celtics.
Rondo's absence for the rest of the season could be devastating as the Celtics try to hold onto a playoff spot. Rondo averaged 13.7 points and 11.1 assists per game this season. He was as good as it gets with assists, but now the Celtics will have to replace that production. Hopefully, they will only have to do so this season and not parts of next year too.