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Rajon Rondo rejoins Celtics bench with conditions

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09:26 AM ET 03.30 | Rajon Rondo rejoined the Celtics bench last night for the first time since his Feb. 12 ACL surgery, and was told to suppress his normal urge to interrupt timeouts. "I told him to just be nice today, and he was," said coach Doc Rivers, who drew a connection between the Celts' spirited play in the 118-107 win over the Hawks and Rondo's return. "He told us today he was coming in, and it was good to have him back around," said Rivers. "He's moving OK. Having gone through that experience, we sat and talked about a lot of the stuff you have to go through. ... I don't care who you are, especially if you're on a team sport, I think these types of injuries are very lonely. Very hard. Because rehab is all by yourself with some stranger. And you're away from your team. Just brutal rehab. That's what it is." Rondo was also introduced to a lot of new faces.

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March 30, 2013  10:03 AM ET

Good to have him back and smiling. Rondo hardly smiles :-)

March 30, 2013  10:35 AM ET

One Is The Loneliest Number, Bro.

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March 30, 2013  10:52 AM ET

If he doesn't behave he will have to sit next to Mick!

March 30, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If he doesn't behave he will have to sit next to Mick!

Hey Now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 30, 2013  01:56 PM ET

Good to see Rondo enjoying the game, just healthy for next season.

March 30, 2013  02:05 PM ET

Docs probably happy he is out Bradley is coming along.

March 30, 2013  02:10 PM ET
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Docs probably happy he is out Bradley is coming along.

All these injuries will only make the Celtics better in the long run......

March 30, 2013  03:44 PM ET
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All these injuries will only make the Celtics better in the long run......

but in the short run it's killing them...

March 30, 2013  04:09 PM ET

even if he played tomm the celtics are still weak

March 30, 2013  04:11 PM ET

good to have him back on the bench...now get over the mental thing...ala derrick rose

March 30, 2013  04:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

One Is The Loneliest Number, Bro.

but don'y go to L.A. bro

March 30, 2013  06:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

good to have him back on the bench...now get over the mental thing...ala derrick rose

He won't play until next year.............He just had the surgery last month......

March 30, 2013  07:29 PM ET
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Docs probably happy he is out Bradley is coming along.

You're kidding, right? He's their best player. Rondo can be frustrating for Doc every now and then, but he's a great ball player. Bradley is a top line defender but he's no Rondo.

 
March 31, 2013  02:00 AM ET
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the eastern pg's have been decimated by injuries.big issue for rondo is the guy can't shoot....if he's slowed down long term from the injury and there's no threat of him taking an outside shot.... not sure if he'll ever get back to where he was

Absolutely. You read about rose trying to come back with a better shot, and others have also with down time. Time for Rondo to expand his game and be even better, or try.

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