Rajon Rondo will clear Rajon Rondo when Rajon Rondo feels Rajon Rondo is ready to be cleared. Apparently.
Of course, after the doctors technically clear him from his injury first.
But after that, it’ll be up to Rondo to determine when he makes his return to the Boston Celtics — which makes a lot of sense.
“I don’t see how it could be anything else,” Stevens said Monday before the Celtics host the Minnesota Timberwolves in one of their few nationally televised games this season. “Ultimately a person has to be ready and he has to feel good.
“There are certain physical things that he’ll have to meet to be cleared to even be considered for games, that he has not met yet. But nobody should make that call except for the individual involved.”
And that’s the way it should work. A team shouldn’t pressure a player when it comes to returning from injuries, especially when dealing with significant injuries. Rondo should take a page out of Derrick Rose’s playbook and take as much time as he feels is necessary, before returning to the court for real games.
The most important thing is comfort and confidence, when dealing with knee rehabilitation I would assume. Once you feel comfortable and confident in your rehab progress, you won’t be overthinking everything once you get back on the court. Overthinking and hesitation could result in other injuries, or re-injuries.
Rondo needs to be smart and it appears that Stevens and the Celtics are going to let him do that.