In last night's post game, KG dropped a quote that probably caught a lot of people's attention. He was talking about seeing Rondo come back from the dislocated elbow… and then he said this:
"I've seen [Rondo] play through some [injuries]," Garnett said after the game. "I'm not going to go through the list of injuries that you all are unaware of. I'm not going to put him out there like that, but I've seen him play through some horrific injuries. All of us sort of looked at each other like, 'What is he doing out here? Is he being smart right now?'
"When he came in, it was just typical Rondo. Shorty is a really tough, young individual and I don't know what he's going to be like when he's 35, but right now he's playing through a lot. He's showing a lot of heart, a lot of grit. We see it. That doesn't go unspoken or unseen. We see he's out there giving his full effort. We're following that lead."
My immediate thought was "what do you mean "horrific injuries"? What injuries? What haven't we been told about this kid? What's he been hiding?
Last night, Rondo put forth one of the ballsiest performances we've seen in a long time. I was inconsolable when Rondo went down. I saw everyone guessing about whether it was broken or if he was done until next season. I even said in the immediate aftermath that my concern was whether he'd be ready for the start of training camp.
So to see him come back out there was amazing. And then to hear that he's been playing through all sorts of other injuries that we didn't know about… well… let's just say I think a lot of people owe Rondo a little bit of an apology.
I get it.. we were all frustrated after dropping the first two games and we tend to look for scapegoats in that situation. But while Rondo does have faults… while he can be a bit of an enigma… the fact is he's a warrior. And this team looks to him as a leader. He proved to everyone last night.