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Rajon Rondo’s Possible Rehab with Maine Red Claws Another Example of the Boston Celtics Thinking Outside the Box

December 30th, 2013 at 5:40 PM
By Sean Melia

Major League Baseball has been doing it for years: using it's lower level affiliates to get players ready before coming back to the big club. It eases the transition from injury to live major league level baseball.

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Now, it seems like the Boston Celtics are possibly entertaining a similar idea with Rajon Rondo. Brad Stevens told the media that Rondo playing a few games in Portland is "a possibility for sure." It's been said numerous times in the media that the issue with Rondo is not his knee but his stamina. The Maine Red Claws could be the perfect testing ground. 

A stint with the Red Claws will not get Rondo fully back to NBA fitness. However, it could help bridge that gap. 

The one pitfall to this experiment is the fact that Rondo will be playing with less experienced players who could end up hurting Rondo. Baseball is not really a game where a player needs to worry about the ability of teammates. It's an individual game in a lot of ways. The only concern would be a wild pitcher doing something harmful with an errant pitch.

In basketball, Rondo will be playing against men who are bigger and stronger than he is. One meaningless drive to the lane could mean trouble for Rondo.

Rondo will have the final decision about heading up to Portland for a few rehab games. While it is somewhat risky, it is also a creative way of using what is around to help Rondo get back to full strength as fast as possible. It would also prove that both the Celtics and Rondo are eager to improve the team and make a playoff push. 

Tags: Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, Maine Red Claws, NBA, Rajon Rondo, rondo

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