Behind Rondo's miraculous return

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Behind Rondo's miraculous return

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

By now be you a basketball fan or not youve probably heard about Rajon Rondo dislocating his elbow after professional tool and sidekick Dwayne Wade pulled Rondo down to the parquet.

Just seeing that video gives us a cold chill up the spine. The still frame is maybe even worse.

Photo from Sports of Boston

Shudders

There was talk that Rondo wouldnt return for the rest of the series, let alone return to the game.

And yet...

What a stud.

Regardless of sport, this is the type of player Boston loves tough, competitive and gives it his all every shift. Its why Shawn Thornton is so beloved and why Teddy Bruschi was also shown much love in New England. And its a reason why Rondo is also a fan favorite.

There still remains a huge cloud around how Rondo could return and be so effective after Wade went all MMA submission hold on him. Luckily WickedGoodSports is full of former CIA agents. Heres what our crackpot team found.

First off, the Celtics medical staff brought Rondo into a secret laboratory deep within the bowels of the Boston Garden.

Then they called in the leading scientist in bionic and cybernetic technology, who they just happened to have on hand that night.

The medical staff and Dr. Inspector Gadget worked tirelessly and quickly to create an artificial arm and hand worthy of a three point throwing champ.

They woke Rondo and let him try out his new and improved arm.

He returned.

He conquered.

He is:

And hes not done yet

Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

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Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

The Bruins will add another veteran defenseman to their training camp group fresh off the World Cup of Hockey as German D-man Christian Ehrhoff is headed to Boston on a PTO (professional tryout agreement). CSN has confirmed that Ehrhoff has indeed agreed to a PTO with the Bruins, and he'll report to the team sometime this weekend.

The 34-year-old Ehrhoff had three assists in six World Cup games for Team Europe, and had two goals and 10 points in 48 games for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks last season while clearly starting to slow down a bit. He’s clearly no longer the player that averaged 14 goals and 47 points for the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-2011, and is another left-shot defenseman to add to a team that already has Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.

But it behooved the Bruins to bring in at least one “name” veteran D-man on a tryout basis during this training camp with so many needs for upgrades on the back end, and with a host of young players that might not be ready for prime time. This might also be a warning sign for young veteran Joe Morrow, a left shot D-man that has struggled a bit in training camp after coming off an erratic first full season at the NHL level.

Clearly the Bruins need more than Ehrhoff, however, even if he’s somehow re-energized with the Bruins after playing pretty well in the World Cup. The Kings were down enough on his game to put him through waivers last season, but he was a top-4 defenseman for the previous eight seasons for San Jose, Vancouver, Buffalo and Pittsburgh prior to getting bounced around between the Kings and Blackhawks last season.

The added bonus with taking a look at Ehrhoff is that there’s no risk associated with a PTO, and the Bruins can simply walk away with no cost if the B’s coaching staff decides he’s not a good fit for the group in Boston. On the other hand, bringing in a Kris Russell-type would cost a great deal in terms of money and term in a free agent contract, and it might not benefit the Black and Gold club in the end result.