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This is not official, but Rondo's goal is to return to play against historic rival, LA Lakers. Mark it off on your calendars; January 17, 2014.
Brandon Bass, a leader on the current Green Team, is excited for Rondo to make his return.
Rondo supposedly told league sources he was targeting the 17th this week and it was initially reported by Yahoo Sports reporter, Marc Spears.“We’re really looking forward to getting him back on the court,” Brandon Bass told ProBasketballTalk. “I think he’s huge for the team. He’s a veteran player, he’s been on winning teams, he’s won a championship, and he’s one of those pieces that when you add him to your team he simplifies things. He makes things easier for everybody. On good teams everybody doesn’t have to make all the decisions, Rondo simplifies things like he did for Hall of Famers and like he’ll do for second and third year players. And ninth year players like myself.”
In 11 games in his career against LA, Rondo has proven to be a Laker-Killer. He's nearly averaging a double-double, with 11.4 PPG and 9.5 APG against the Lakers. Additionally, the backcourt from the Lakers this year is plain terrible, with Kobe Bryant injured. The guards who will be defending Rondo on the 17th are Kendall Marshall, Jordan Farmar, and Steve Blake. Rondo, when healthy, would go to town on that and those defenders should help him ooze his way back into things.
Before Rondo makes his return, it's likely that he plays a couple games in the D-League, for the Maine Red Claws. He will get back into the swing of things that way and work on his conditioning.