29,233,380 seconds. That is the time between Friday, February 13, 2013 and the Friday ahead – January 17, 2014. More significantly, however, that is also the time between Rajon Rondo’s surgery that repaired his torn ACL and the Boston Celtics’ date with the Los Angeles Lakers this Friday – the night when Rondo – most likely – makes his return to the court.
Rondo tweeted “29,233,380 secs” on Monday night. While nothing is confirmed, the cryptic message seems to make sense for Rondo’s return on Friday – a day he was already targeting.
The four-time All-Star, who was cleared to practice on December 13, has certainly been missed. The Celtics are 13-26 and are currently in the midst of a nine-game losing streak, the longest in the league. Rondo has recently grown irritated with the play of his team.
“I don’t even like to watch the game anymore,” Rondo said, according to The Boston Globe. “It’s frustrating. You see things that you just can’t help. It’s only a matter of what you can do from a vocal standpoint on the sidelines.”
The 27-year-old has been involved with trade rumors, though Boston has laughed off the notion of that possibly coming to light. The team, even with Rondo is in a rebuilding season. They’re young and are coming off one of the most shocking off-seasons in recent memory. Future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were shipped off to Brooklyn to join the Nets, while the Celtics brought in a rookie head coach Brad Stevens on a team filled with inexperience.
While Boston does play hard, their chance to win is little. That, however, is about to increase with Rondo back on the court.
The former No. 21 overall pick is consistently in the conversation with the league’s top point guards. He’s quick, athletic and has phenomenal court division – he plays quality defense, too. In the 38 games last season prior to his injury, Rondo was averaging 13.7 points, on 48.4 percent shooting, 11.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds in over 37 minutes per contest.
Teammate Brandon Bass is eagerly anticipating the return of Rondo.
“We’re really looking forward to getting him back on the court,” Bass told ProBasketballTalk. “I think he’s huge for the team. He’s a veteran player, he’s been on winning teams, he’s won a championship, and he’s one of those pieces that when you add him to your team he simplifies things. He makes things easier for everybody. On good teams everybody doesn’t have to make all the decisions, Rondo simplifies things like he did for Hall of Famers and like he’ll do for second and third year players. And ninth year players like myself.”