View Full Version : Rondo open to playing in D-League as part of injury rehab

01-03-2014, 10:27 PM

Rondo confirmed later Thursday that a stint with the Red Claws is a possibility as he navigates the final stages of his rehab from ACL surgery and said that he'd embrace the idea of being one of the league's first superstars to travel that path.

I don't see any problem with this because I see it as a positive move. It's just so weird to see big names playing in the second-tier league. Other than Rondo, do you know other NBA superstars who had stints in D-League. Hope Rondo will recover fast.

01-03-2014, 10:29 PM
Don't think I've seen a big name like him go to the DLeague before. He's going to look like Lebron out there lol.

01-03-2014, 11:07 PM
I think it's a pretty cool thing for him to do. Anytime you can give people who wouldn't ordinarily get to a chance to see elite talent I think it's good. I wish that this was more commonplace in the league similar to MLB. It's a boon to the affiliates, and helps build fan base

01-03-2014, 11:18 PM
Good for him. Some might let their ego get in the way of this but it's really a smart play. Practice won't get him game ready and while the level is much lower than the nba it's higher than practice. He can ease the transition from the injury to playing much better that way.

01-03-2014, 11:44 PM
Since I like baseball, I really do think its a good idea.

Look at the Knicks this year. JR coming off injury/surgery during the offseason, should have gone and played 2 or 3 games in the D League before coming up. Instead, we got a JR smith hitting on 28% of his shots for the first 2 months of the season.

Some injuries, imo, are great to be rehabbed in the lower leagues.

01-04-2014, 12:33 AM
That's how it should be used. After all, that's what other lower systems are used for in other leagues (you know other than developing prospects).

01-04-2014, 12:40 AM
In before some imbecile jumps in the thread and says that's where he belongs.

01-04-2014, 12:43 AM
Thats where he belongs!

01-04-2014, 07:10 AM
I says a lot about his mentality. He just wants to come back 100%. I think more teams should use the NBADL like this.

01-04-2014, 08:31 AM
Haven't watched the D league, so I'm not sure, but back in the days of the CBA, there was a high population of goons. They were always ready to enhance their reputation by nailing a pretty boy/more well known player. Given Rondos brutal FT% shooting he's begging for hard fouls in the first place.

01-04-2014, 10:22 AM
Would be nice to see the D-league utilized a little more instead of just being a scrap heap.

Used for rehabbing players, Euro prospects(instead of leaving them in Europe) and DEVELOPING young players!

01-04-2014, 02:10 PM
Knicks had Stoudemire play in the D-League before returning from injury last season. It should be utilized more in this sense like MLB does with its guys off injury.

01-04-2014, 10:23 PM
There is nothing wrong with the D-League. He'll probably make whatever team he is on easily better than the rest due to his awesome passing skills and court vision. Hopefully he makes a healthy return to NBA unlike D-Rose.

01-05-2014, 04:10 AM
Can't hate on this.

01-05-2014, 12:13 PM
good idea. he'll get his legs under him against semi-pro competition in games that don't matter. time for all nba teams to have a d-league affiliate of their own, i think.

01-05-2014, 02:01 PM
Real classy of him to accept that so easily. Hell probably average quadriple double in dleague.