Boston Celtics coach unsure if he will focus offense on Rajon Rondo

Jan 5, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks to pass the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during the third quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Currently rehabbing from his torn ACL, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo isn’t likely to see the floor until mid to late December. That has left newly appointed head coach Brad Stevens in a bit of a predicament. Do you focus your offensive game plan around Rondo when he returns? Or do you do something else?

It appears to be a question even Stevens can’t answer, as he told recently:

How is Rondo’s rehab progressing?
“He’s been very diligent when he’s been in town. … A couple of young guys came into the gym and just having him here gave them an extra bounce in their step. …I’m the furthest thing from an athletic trainer or doctor, so I don’t know about a timeline.”

Will he tailor the offense to Rondo even in his absence?
“That a very good question. Because what he may do well may not be as good a fit for somebody else. So, do you play that way? Start that way knowing that when he is going to come back we don’t know yet, or do we change midstream?”

The Celtics are going to be a below average team this season, even with Rondo on the floor. So it should be interesting to see how the fans and Rondo react if Stevens opts to focus on an all-around offense compared to styling it around Rondo.

Topics: Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, Rajon Rondo

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  • JoshFarc

    They have to run it through him… Unless Green is a consistent stud, Olynyk proves to be a legit PF, and Wallace has a rebound year. Otherwise you run a Rondo offense or trade him around the deadline for more assets and players to run a team oriented offense. Unless Rondo can hit threes at a 40% clip. Hah.

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