Basketball star Rajon Rondo will take another long-time breather from the National Basketball Association after undergoing surgery on Friday to repair a broken bone in his left hand.
In a statement released on Friday, the Boston Celtics said Rondo broke his hand after a fall at his home on Thursday. He’s expected to miss the start of the regular season as the recovery time frame for him will be around six to eight weeks.
Upon his absence, the Celtics might have their four-year veteran Avery Bradley to takeover, though reports from ESPN and Reuters said that either Marcus Smart or Phil Pressey might fill Rondo’s spot.
Rajon Rondo, currently the team captain for the Boston Celtics, played only 30 games last season where he averaged 11.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 9.8 assists. He also missed a total of 95 games in the previous two seasons after tearing his ACL in January 2013.
With him out of the active roster, the Celtics and their rebuilding plan face questions regarding Rondo’s health issues and durability. ESPN also reported that after playing almost the entire four seasons spanning from 2006 to 2010, Rondo managed to only play 60.6 percent of the team’s games from the past four years of his career.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck reiterated they want their All-Star point guard in their lineup despite the mishap.
“It’s my goal to keep Rondo here. I think we all want that. And I actually honestly think — he should speak for himself — I think Rajon wants to stay or would be very happy to stay. And we’ll see how this season goes and how the negotiations go, but he’s proud to be a Celtic. I know that. He’s proud to wear that 2008 title ring and he deserved it,” said Grousbeck.
Meanwhile, Danny Ainge went irate over the same query.
Are you seriously asking me that again? Yes, we expect Rajon to be in Boston for the long term,” said Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations. “Does that need to be asked any more by anybody ever again?”