Boston’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has announced point guard Rajon Rondo will return to the Celtics lineup Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Rondo’s season debut is essentially a guarantee, “barring any set backs,” according to Ainge.
Rondo has been sidelined for the past 11 months after undergoing reconstructive ACL surgery last January. He’s been working extremely hard in his rehabilitation and his participation in simulated game action with the Maine Red Claws earlier in the week served as his final impediment prior to him making an official return to the club.
Boston’s floor general will immediately be inserted into the starting lineup. It’s safe to speculate that Rondo’s minutes will be limited until he at least gets back in the flow of things. He’ll likely notch nothing more than 20 minutes on Friday.
The Celtics just snapped a nine-game losing streak on Wednesday night and Rondo’s return comes at a perfect time, as the team should be much more competitive with him facilitating play. They’ll certainly be in a position to post a few more wins as things progress.
As of right now the team’s focus is on getting Rondo back up to full speed and that will be a process, but with the brightest days sitting a ways off, re-establishing him as the centerpiece of the team can take as long as needed.
With numerous draft picks and a bevy of young talent surrounding Rondo, the Celtics are thrilled to have their star franchise player returning to action and are eagerly waiting to see how he performs upon doing so.