Brad Stevens knew he had an all-star point guard when he took the Celtics’ coaching job, but he didn’t really get to see it in his first season on the Boston bench.
Reconstructive knee surgery kept Rajon Rondo out for the first half of Stevens’ inaugural season in Boston. Rondo hadn’t yet regained his old form when, as Stevens prepared for Year 2, Rondo broke his hand.
After missing the entire exhibition season, though, Rondo returned for the regular season opener on Wednesday night and scored 13 points, adding 12 assists and seven rebounds in 30 minutes to help the Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-105.
”He looks like himself,” Stevens said. ”He kind of looks like what I saw on film before I got here. I don’t think he ever looked like that at any time last year. … But he is back to full speed. And it’s really good to see.”