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Your Morning Dump… Where Rondo is huffing and puffing at practice

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) December 27, 2013 Celtics News, Rajon Rondo, The Morning Dump 14 Comments

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Photo: Joe Giza (@JoeGiza)

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. 

Rondo had said Sunday in Indianapolis that getting back in game shape is the biggest remaining hurdle for him after being off the court for 11 months while rehabbing from surgery on his right knee.

“I would agree with his assessment,” said coach Brad Stevens. “But that’s not unusual when you haven’t played in [11] months. How do you get to be game-conditioned without a lot of game opportunity or without a lot of practice opportunity, and real game-like scenarios? We tried just a quick little drill at the end to help him with that a little bit and he was huffing and puffing. But that’s part of it. That’s part of why we did it, and especially after three days off.”

But Stevens acknowledged that Boston’s game-heavy schedule limits how much live action the team can do in practice. Rondo is going to have to find ways to simulate game action even when his teammates can’t join him.

“I think a lot of that’s going to have to be on his own,” said Stevens. “Again, that’s not atypical. We can do a little bit more, but you can’t wear your other guys down because it’s a long season for everybody.”

 ESPN Boston: Practice: Huffing and puffing Rondo

Rondo will spend the next month or so using practice as a sort of training camp.  He’s not really where he wants to be stamina-wise, so he’s got to find a way every day to push his conditioning one step further.

If the Celtics really want to push his conditioning forward, they should treat parts of January like the preseason.  Get Rondo out there for a game every few days… play him 5 or 6 minutes to start each quarter (with stretches and stationary bike in between to keep loose during time off the court, and get him some game conditioning.

Why not give him a few weeks at practice, then bring him back Monday, January 13 against the Rockets? Play him 20 minutes, strictly at the beginning of quarters.  Give him a few days to recover from the game action, work out some of the kinks, practice hard, and then game 2 would be Friday the 17th against the Lakers.  Maybe you stretch him out a couple of minutes in the first and third quarters.  If h skips the Sunday game against Orlando, gives you another 25 minutes or so against Miami, and skips the following back-to-back against Washington, you can start working him into every game work starting with that January 24 game against OKC.

We’ll see what the timetable is.  I have very little doubt that the goal for Rondo is January 26 against Brooklyn.  If there’s one medical and training staff I trust to make that happen… well, honestly, it’s the Phoenix Suns staff.  They’re, like, witch doctors or something over there.  But the Celtics staff is a very close second.

Here’s some video of Rondo at practice.  It’s in the second half of the video, but the first half of it leads me directly to Page 2:

Related links: Globe: Rondo’s conditioning still an obstacle

Page 2:  Where Rondo isn’t forcing a trade anywhere.  Sorry James Dolan

“Rondo has to be the one really to set this thing in motion and, in talking to his camp, he has no intention whatsoever to ask for or force a trade or anything like that,” Blakely told SportsNetCentral.

Furthermore, Blakely said, returning to the Celtics and playing well gives Rondo the opportunity to shape a team in his image, something the All-Star point guard is said to be looking to do.

CSNNE:  Blakely: Rondo has no intention of asking for a trade

I started a little rant on Twitter yesterday about this whole scenario, but I’ll add some more to it here (and re-live some of it for those of you who aren’t the tweetin’ types)

If the reports are correct and taken at face value, then it is the height of New York arrogance.  To think that they could just float a report saying “we hope Rondo forces a trade to us,” acting as if you’ve just tipped the first domino in a line that eventually leads to midtown Manhattan is basketball conceit at its finest.

Do you not think Rondo has eyes?

And what of this supposed “exposure” that everyone talks about as such a draw to New York?  The media capital of the world, we’re told, is where a player plays to make his star shine the brightest.

But where has that gotten Carmelo Anthony?

Did you know he’s a Jordan Brand sponsored player?  Where are his shoe commercials?  Why isn’t there an ad with fellow Jordan guy Chris Paul where they play ball together on some blacktop or dark gym somewhere (like Pierce had with a bunch of Nike guys back in the day)?  Where’s his big commercial blitz?

Carmelo is allegedly one of the league’s best players.  He’s always talked about as one of the NBA’s premier scorers.  He’s playing in the #1 market in America.  If the big Knicks selling point about increased exposure is true, then where’s Carmelo Anthony’s push?

It doesn’t exist, because it’s a big lie.  It’s a myth.  Kevin Durant is marketing star in Oklahoma City.  LeBron is a marketing star and he was in Cleveland and Miami.  CP3 was getting big ad pushes in New Orleans.

The thought that you need to go to New York to get under the bright lights is bullshit.  This isn’t 1980.  In 2013, every game is available to be watched somewhere, somehow, as long as you have an internet connection. The only thing you have to be, is good.  It doesn’t matter where anymore.

So, James Dolan, Rondo isn’t going to push his way out of Boston to be a part of your shitty franchise.  Because under your bright lights, your abject failures are only magnified.  We all see it, and no one wants any part of it.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston:  Celtics hit reset button after break  |  Gloved Sullinger downplays injury  |  All Star returns: Green drops a spot  |  Herald:  Rested Olynyk eager for more  |  Breaking Brad not in script  |  CSNNE:  Celtics re-charged after three-day break |  Sullinger dealing with injured left hand  |  Bradley injures knee at practice  |  MWDN: No holiday joy for Pierce in Brooklyn

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  • bill_nair

    Rondo has spoke about being a coach (and I believe he mentioned one day possibly a GM) so it doesn’t surprise me he wants to shape this Celtic team. Were at the bottom, got young talent, and future assets. New York is stuck where they are and acquiring Rondo does not make them any better. CP3 was “supposed” to team up wit Melo there, why didnt he force his way into NY? But keep at it Dolan, cause nothing is funnier than the Knicks digging their hole bigger and bigger.

  • Robert Hodgman

    Love the venom towards New York! The use of the media to recruit players under contract elsewhere is so sackless! What a classless organization! Go get ‘em John!

  • Chuck Da buck

    I hope rondo comes back with something to prove he has to see what cp3 is doing and realize that doc chose him. I’m hoping he’s healthy soon so he can make all the haters eat there words and show he’s the best pg in the game. He better not sit out the whole season that would change my thoughts on his competitiveness but I doubt he would do it I think he just wants to be 100% so when he comes back he dominates.

    • KGino

      There is zero chance he sits out the entire season

  • firm_fiasco

    This off season Celtics should do a sign and trade for Kevin Love and go after carmelo Anthony. Trade Jeff green and draft picks and other pieces to NY and trade sully and others to wolves with draft picks. I don’t know but this is a thought and want to know if it’s a possible scenario?

    • KGino

      No. Nice screen name tho, assuming it relates to AZ.

      • firm_fiasco

        AZ and Lupe fiasco.

        • KGino

          Haha nice I like your taste. Firm biz!!

  • KGino

    Lol what a ludicrous attempt at getting a player… Knicks SUCK. Finding a sucker to take melo for some draft picks/young talent is their only hope… But lets not tell them that

  • Frank Aziza

    The Celtics medical training staff is nowhere near the one in Phoenix. Have you seen the last five seasons ? Did u see Shaq out west? Did u see him here? All we are is injured.

    • Chuck Da buck

      I wonder if the warm weather in Phoenix has anything to do with it. I bet it helps.

  • Chuck Da buck

    They act like New York is so special they haven’t been good for twenty years. If u want to be seen and become a star join the boston celtics and bring them back to the top. I hope rondo wouldn’t leave the greatest nba franchise of all time for the Knicks. It’s bad enough doc bailed for the effing clippers.

  • RedsLoveChild

    NY Knicks : “Started at the bottom…we`re STILL there”

  • Pat

    If you’re great, then u can get endorsements in any market. Hey, Garnett spent 12 years in Minnesota, got countless exposure and major endorsements. Why? Garnett was and is a great player. The same goes for Lebron. He spent his early years in Cleveland, but got major exposure and endorsements. It’s not always about the market u play in, but how great u r as an individual player.

    New York is the largest market, but not the best for athletes. Believe it or not most players aren’t rushing to be a Knick. The Knicks are a joke. James Dolan is a bad owner. As we see the grass isn’t green for Carmelo. Melo wanted the bright lights, but he’s feeling the heat instead. I’m sure he regrets pushing for the Nuggets/Knicks trade. Melo’s been in NY for 3 yrs, but has nothing to show for. No conference finals or championship runs on his Knick resume.

    Maybe Melo isn’t a franchise player or maybe he is? Maybe Melo is really a second option scorer on a contender. If I’m Rondo I stay away from NY. The media and fans will turn on him instantly if things aren’t going right. New York sports fans are impatient. Right now Garnett/Pierce are unfairly being singled out for the Nets struggles.