Boston Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo, hopes he does not suffer the same fate as Chicago Bulls star, Derrick Rose, who will not play again this season after having surgery to his right knee.
Rose missed the whole of last season after tearing a cruciate ligament in his left knee 18 months ago. He returned to action last month only to sustain his latest injury against the Portland Trail Blazers on 22nd November.
Rondo endured an operation on his right knee ten months ago but he is phlegmatic about the chances of him suffering the same problems as Rose.
“What’s going to happen is going to happen. It’s not like he rushed, so that’s what I’m saying. He took a long time, and still things happen.
“It’s the game we play. It’s part of it. I can come back early and do the same thing. He came back late and it happened to him. It was just unfortunate. That’s just how it is.”
Celtics coach, Brad Stevens, has confirmed that Rondo has been practicing with the rest of the team for the last month but is not yet match-sharp. The 27-year-old suffered has cruciate ligament injury in January during a match against the Miami Heat and has not played since.
Rondo was a rookie in the Celtics’ disastrous 2006-07 season when they had a 24-58 record but, just 12 months later, they surprised the NBA betting odds to become NBA champions after winning 66 of their 82 regular season matches.
Boston beat the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Detroit Pistons in the playoffs, before shocking the favourites in the line betting, the Los Angeles Lakers, 4-2 in the finals.
Rondo’s most productive season came in 2009-10 when he averaged 13.7 points in his 81 appearances for Boston.
He had the same average last season when he suffered the injury that has kept him side-lined ever since.