When Rajon Rondo’s elbow bent 45 degrees in the wrong direction, we knew his body would not snap back like a rubber band. The injury was too gruesome. Even when he impossibly returned to the game a few minutes later, the arm was a deflated air mattress. He would need time to recover after the season, we knew. And he still needs more time.
“It’s the most pain I’ve ever been in playing ball,” he said. “I’m feeling a little pain now, but the swelling is down. The only thing is there’s swelling in my joint. I’ll be fine, it just takes time. I’ve got a couple more weeks that I’m off, as far as rest and the repetition of weights.”
I would be worried by his long recovery, but I expected he would need months to fully recover. In my experience (not me personally, but a guy I know), that’s what happens when your arm bends in ways it isn’t meant to.
Adding to my security is that we have no idea when NBA games will return. For all we know, Rondo might have a full year and change to get his elbow right. At the very least, it looks like he’ll have a longer summer vacation than usual—meaning extra recovery time, meaning I’m okay with his elbow hurting in July, meaning call me if it still hurts in September.
Until then, I’m taking this news optimistically. Or, at least, as optimistically as you can take it when your favorite team’s All-Star point guard has bothersome swelling in his elbow joint.
P.S. – Rondo says we should not be concerned about the Big Three, either:
“I’m not concerned about the Big Three,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that people don’t see, behind the scenes. They take care of their bodies. They are in the gym early, in the gym late… We still have a chance to get another ring.”
P.P.S. – Rondo said he has spoken with his agent about going overseas. But then he said he just wants to get ready to help the Boston Celtics. So, really, he didn’t say much, unless you count speaking in circles.