Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 11:30 am  |  15 responses

Rajon Rondo Says He Might Coach in the NBA When He Retires

Having learned a ton from Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo seems to have picked up the coaching bug. The Boston Celtics’ star point guard still doesn’t know when he’ll play again, but coaching may someday be in his future. Per the Boston Herald: “The Bulls’ Derrick Rose, who is only now coming back from 2012 ACL surgery, has been the anti-Adrian Peterson, who defied odds in his own ACL comeback to win the NFL MVP award last year with the Vikings. But Rondo has complete appreciation for Rose’s deliberate approach, and how it mirrors his own. ‘I understand, and he got a lot of heat for a while because he didn’t come back,’ Rondo said. ‘Anybody who has an ACL injury understands. OK, Adrian Peterson came back in six months. Why did he come back in six months and others in eight months or 10 months? Everybody is different. Things can happen so differently with the knee. You can have swelling, you can have cartilage damage. So many things can happen that can cause a setback. Everybody is different. You can’t compare football to basketball. I talked to a lot of guys — Perk (Kendrick Perkins), (Tony Allen), I talked to (Wes) Welker to see what they went through. You try to come back quick because you’re itching for it. I’m itching because I’m so competitive.’ [...] ‘Obviously, he came back and had an MVP season,’ Rondo said of Peterson. ‘That’s what I want to have when I come back. I don’t want to come back and be mediocre. I don’t want to have any excuses. I want to be ready to go. I don’t want to have to blame anything on my knee.’ Nor does he want to obsess, or depress himself, over the trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn, or coach Doc Rivers’ departure for the Clippers. Though he and Rivers had stormy moments, Rondo turned a bit sentimental. ‘I still catch myself laughing at some of the things he’s told certain guys, and now I find myself quoting some of the things that Doc has said to individual guys,’ Rondo said. ‘I’ve learned a lot from Doc. I’ve tried to study his ways as far as coaching, because I might want to coach someday myself.’”

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  • The Mauve Avenger

    If what teammates have said about him is true, I’m not sure he would have the patience to coach. At a professional level at least.

  • spit hot fiyah

    we all know adrian peterson came back fast and looked like monster in doing so. but can we stop comparing his comeback to basketball players’ comebacks? two very different sports


    Doc called it

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and human beings. Adrian Peterson apparently has what look like infant knees, no other adult is ever in the history of people going to be like that.

  • dannyb

    Oh boy, I hope they update us every 3 months for the next 10 years about what Rondo plans to do when he retires. I can’t wait.

  • spit hot fiyah

    that too, it’s just apples and oranges though

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Infant knees??… as in young knees with little to no wear and tear? How awesome actually.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That’s what his surgeon said it looked like when he put in the scope

  • urriah
  • pposse

    bo jackson

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    bo jackson? his career was ruined by a hip injury, we have no idea how he his knees were

  • pposse

    Thats right. I remember reading the same article about adrian oeterdon. Wasnt it dr. James andrews who said ap’s knee was like an infants? In any regard inbthe article I read the dr. Also mentioned bo jackson

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh i never saw the part about Bo Jackson, I’ll read it again, my bad man.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you have a link? i don’t see the Bo Jackson reference in the article i’m reading?

  • pposse