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Rajon Rondo to make call on Rajon Rondo’s return date

Dec 16, 2013, 9:36 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo AP

The doctors will get their word in — they will have to clear him.

But at the end of the day, Rajon Rondo gets to decide when Rajon Rondo returns, something coach Brad Stevens said before the Celtics game Monday night, as reported at

“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.”

At the end of the day, Stevens is right. It’s what Derrick Rose got wrongly blasted for last season — even if the doctors “clear” a player they don’t what he is feeling, what feels right and comfortable. Rondo reportedly wants to be comfortable before he returns.

Good. The buzz is we will not see Rondo until after the New Year. He needs to be patient, and think long term.

Besides, whenever he does come back the Celtics will likely be in the playoffs still anyway. Such is the way of the East.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Steven’s isn’t quite ready to lose his assistant coach yet.

  2. shanelsweet - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Is this hating on the East going to last? I mean, aren’t the Suns also playing much better than expected too? So, why the slap at the East again. How many games are the East teams behind the West teams in head to head? If we’re going to keep hearing the East baiting, then could you help us keep track of the score, please? I’m willing to bet a cold beer that the East picks it up against those Westies and makes it darn close by year end.

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Look man, I know it hurts but he’s being kind with a line like that. I bleed green but I cannot ignore the fact that the Celtics are under .500 (with essentially the same record as the Wolves) and we are in the playoffs (with home court advantage to boot).

      You could be right that it evens out but right now you’re just picking a fight.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      If the East teams want the “hating” to end, maybe they should start winning more games.

      • jcmeyer10 - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        Amen. Celts are 6-4 in their last ten so they are trying.

      • shanelsweet - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:18 AM

        Heat beat the Jazz, Hawks beat the Lakers and Celtics beat the TWolves. East picked up 3 games. Stop the hating.

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        Three of the top teams in the East beat three of the bottom teams in the West? Clearly the East is better.

  3. andyhr17 - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Dude, it’s not hating on the East. It’s just the facts. Look at the standings. I’m sorry that facts bother you so much.

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