The latest Summer Forecast by Forsberg asks the question of when will Rajon Rondo return to the court. Obviously it is anyone's guess, so here are our guesses.
Kevin O'Connor, CelticsBlog (Opening Night)
Considering Rajon Rondo’s success on national television games and his spicy behind-the-back passes, it’s obvious that he likes to make people go, "Wow!" If Rondo was able to return on opening night he would get that reaction from NBA fans across the world since it would be just about nine months since he suffered his torn-ACL. Even if Rondo doesn’t return on Day 1, I would expect him to be back no later than the middle of November.
Jeff Clark, CelticsBlog (Before Christmas):
I expect Rondo to "target" a training camp return, but I think doctors and better judgement will force him to take the cautious and slow approach by waiting till he's 100 percent before getting back to full-contact action.
Bill Sy, CelticsBlog (Opening Night):
Ainge isn't talking about tanking. Stevens isn't talking about tanking. The players aren't talking about tanking. We haven't heard a lot from Rondo this off season but my guess is, he's not talking about tanking either. With trade rumors dying down and all signs pointing to him being ready by training camp, I expect to see him in uniform Oct. 30 in Toronto. ACL tears are tricky, but by all accounts, his injury wasn't nearly as bad as Derrick Rose, and Rondo will want to avoid the drama that hung over the Bulls last season. He has a ring with the Big Three and on so many nights over the last three seasons, he's been the best Celtic on the floor, but this is his team now and he knows it. He's going to be motivated to prove all the doubters wrong and become the face of the franchise for the rest of his career. That mission will start as soon as possible. This is a guy that played 12 minutes of a meaningless regular-season game in Atlanta after tearing his ACL. With his legacy on the line and an opportunity to put his imprint on the future of the franchise, Rondo suits up opening night.
What do you think?