Rondo on opening night? KG/Pierce say take it slow

Rondo on opening night? KG/Pierce say take it slow
July 21, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Rajon Rondo is the last man standing after Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were shipped to Brooklyn.

After undergoing surgery on his right knee, should the Celtics' point guard be rushing back to play for a rebuilding team? GM Danny Ainge said earlier in July that Rondo could be ready for opening night.  

"I don't really know a timeline, but when they did the surgery -- and I hate to put pressure on the player -- but I think his goal and a very realistic goal is to be ready Opening Night,"

Is eight months enough for Rondo to recover from a torn ACL?  Chris Forsberg said that Rondo's former teammates think he should take his time rather than rush back from his injury. But it might not be easy to convince him to stay off the court.

"Pierce and Garnett hinted that they have suggested to Rondo to take it slow, maybe noting that there’s little rush to get back for a team in transition." discussed Forsberg, "But after Rondo had to sit out the final three months of the 2012-13 season, it’s going to be hard to keep him pinned down."

Should Rondo take his time coming back, or should he aim for opening night?