Rajon Rondo to Max during the last timeout. "I'm coming back to play in two weeks."
Don't laugh it off.
I had a player two season aga that tore an ACL. Because he was a senior and no further significant damage could be done, the Doctor's okayed him to play. Put a brace on the knee and went out and played. Probably at 90%
If I were Rondo and had Millions of dollars riding on that knee. I'd take the surgery and return next Dec / Jan. But I'm not Rondo.