Rondo still supporting Celtics teammates while injured

Rondo still supporting Celtics teammates while injured
February 11, 2013, 5:15 pm
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BOSTON – Jason Terry saw a familiar face when he arrived at the Celtics practice facility Saturday night. Terry hadn’t played with Rajon Rondo in a few weeks, but there he was again, hanging around the team just as he had ever since tearing his ACL.

Rondo has stayed involved with the Celtics since suffering the season-ending knee injury in late January. The point guard has quietly attended games at the TD Garden, staying in the back and out of the main arena. He isn’t there for the fanfare of the crowd, but rather to support his teammates.

“He’s still around, he hasn’t gone anywhere,” Terry told CSNNE.com following the Celtics triple overtime win against the Denver Nuggets. “[Saturday] night I was in the gym getting shots up and he was in the weight room working out. Tonight (Sunday) at halftime, he was in this locker room telling guys, ‘Keep it going, keep it rolling.’ ”

The Celtics are 7-0 since Rondo’s departure, including victories over the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers. In spite of widespread speculation as to whether the Celtics are a better squad with or without him, Rondo has continued to fulfill a role with his teammates who emphasize the value of his leadership.

“It says that he’s still with us, we’re not by ourselves,” said Terry. “He didn’t have to be here. He could be at home and we’d understand, we wouldn’t trip. But it’s definitely something extra special (to have him here).”

Rondo’s season may be over in terms of playing, but his involvement with the Celtics has not been sidelined.

“It’s been positive, it’s been very positive,” said Terry. “We all know how bad he wants to be out there. To see him go through what he’s going through and still be upbeat and still be rooting his guys on, that tells you one, about how high of character he has and two, how he’s still the leader of this team.”