Westbrook, Rondo to Learn from D. Rose?
Last season, as the obsession over whether Derrick Rose would return from knee surgery reached feverish proportions, NFL star Adrian Peterson’s speedy return often was raised for comparison.
This season, perhaps the Rose saga will be the example for All-Stars Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook.
All injuries and athletes are different. But Rondo referenced Rose’s patience at Celtics media day Monday. And news broke Tuesday that Westbrook — who tore his lateral meniscus, not his ACL — will miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season after needing a second surgical procedure.
“Until you go through this type of injury … a lot of people gave Derrick Rose a lot of heat about not playing, but this injury isn’t easy,” Rondo said. “It’s more mental when you come back. And you get around 10-11 months, it’s just feeling confident, especially the type of players and competitors we are.
“Our legs are pretty much everything. We use our speed. (Rose is) very athletic. I’m athletic. And you need that mental aspect to go up and come down without thinking about your leg again. Because the last jump, for myself and him, we’ve come down and torn our ACL. Just being mentally ready, when I get there, I’ll play.”