The Celtics' fanbase, similar to the Bull's fanbase last season, are awaiting the return of their star point guard. However, with a team like the Celtics who are not expected to go far this year, the team may err on the cautious side so that they're playmaker is back at full strength. Brad Stevens' comments on Rajon Rondo's return agree with this, as reported by Chris Forsberg of ESPN.
"[Rondo] hasn't put a date on [a return], and we haven’t put a date on it," Stevens said before Celtics players and staff led a basketball clinic at Holland Elementary School in Dorchester as part of the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation’s annual community service days. "I told him, whenever he feels best and he’s ready to come back, we’ll support him and we’ll be happy that he’s back. But it hasn’t been a specific date. Literally, I haven’t even asked that question in the past couple of weeks."With the departure of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Rondo is indisputably the best player on that team. Back in July, GM Danny Ainge was hoping to see Rondo at opening night, but former teammate Paul Pierce and current teammate Jared Sullinger hinted at a return date in December for Rondo. With the return of Rondo a mystery for now, planning for the upcoming season will be a struggle.
"That’s something that you have to balance," said Stevens. "You’re going to introduce some things that may be best for [Rondo, but] on Oct. 7, in our first exhibition game, he may not be available. You’re going to have to figure out where you go from there, and how to best fit pieces into those spots. But we have a lot of versatile guys, and I think we’ll be able to, when he’s not playing, do things that are conducive to the skill set of others and, when [Rondo is] playing, incorporate him into it easily."The Celtics are currently in the rebuilding stage, and although it would be great to have Rondo on the court to help teach the younger, less experienced players, the primary concern is having him healthy. In fact, rookie undrafted point guard Phil Pressey said working with Rondo for a couple of days had already helped him improve.