Rajon Rondo Says the Lockout ‘Might Help’ the Celtics

by October 30, 2011

Obviously, no NBA players want to spend November dealing with labor negotiations and the like when they should be on the court, competing on a nightly basis. But as Celtics guard Rajon Rondo admitted to Yahoo! Sports, it could help some of the older teams who might benefit from the extra rest: “The Celtics return their core – veterans Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers – but have just two other players under contract: Jermaine O’Neal and unproven guard Avery Bradley. The team has eight free agents, including forwards Jeff Green and Glen Davis. Boston also has a pair of rookies who could compete for roster spots.In past years, the Celtics players usually started working out together at the team’s practice facility a month before training camp. That wasn’t possible this season because of the lockout – though not everyone views it as a negative. ‘It might help us,’ Rondo said. ‘Fresher legs. Not as much wear and tear without [a normal] training camp.’ Once the free-agent market opens, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge could try to re-sign Green and Davis. He also has to fill other roster spots. ‘Guys have to come mentally and physically prepared whenever we start,’ Rondo said.”

(H/T: PBT)