Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo confirmed that he suffered his broken left metatarsal injury in the shower at his home during his Media

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo confirmed that he suffered his broken left metatarsal injury in the shower at his home during his Media Day interview.

“Usually, how falls happen, you slip, and I slipped and tried to catch my hand,” said Rondo. “€œIt wasn’€™t like a banana slip. I actually almost caught myself and landed on my knuckle on the windowsill at my home. So, that’€™s how it happened.”

In the team’€™s press release on Friday, the Celtics estimated Rondo’€™s recovery timeframe at 6-8 weeks, and Rondo hopes it could be closer to the lower number.

“They’€™re telling me 10 weeks, some doctors say 8, but since Dr. McKeon claims to be the best surgeon, he thinks I’€™ll be back pretty quickly,” he said, especially since the injury occurred to his non-shooting hand.

Pressed further on the injury, Rondo responded in wonderful Rondo fashion to the rumors that he broke the bone in his hand at a trampoline park.

“On Tuesday, I took my daughter to a trampoline park on Tuesday, and I did jump,” he said. “I learned some new tricks with my daughter. It was a lot of fun.

“Wednesday was her birthday. I went to the Lion King with my daughter. I spent the day playing a softball game with a team, which we won. I scored about three runs. I didn’€™t back like I was supposed to. We didn’€™t play at a softball field; I couldn’€™t hit out of the park. I made a couple top-10 catches and a one-hand grab and throw-out at first base that was really good. I impressed myself with that.

“Thursday came, and I took my kids back to a trampoline park in Billerica. I didn’€™t jump that day. I just let my kids play and run off some steam. It was a school night, so I wanted to go for about 45 minutes. People were really nice there. They let me in for free, so that was good. And that night, I went home, and that’€™s when the incident happened, so it didn’€™t happen at the trampoline place.”

Here are a few other quick-hitting items from Rondo’s media session.

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Ben Rohrbach

He’s a Wizard now.

Apparently, Kevin Garnett wasn’t kidding when he said in January, “I think we’€™ll always bleed green as long as we’€™re playing basketball and as long as we’€™re living. Even when they bury us six feet, this is what it’€™s gonna be.”

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Ben Rohrbach

Soon after the Celtics announced point guard Rajon Rondo broke a metacarpal in his left hand during a fall at his home Thursday — reportedly in the shower R

Soon after the Celtics announced point guard Rajon Rondo broke a metacarpal in his left hand during a fall at his home Thursday — reportedly in the shower — and will miss 6-8 weeks of the season following surgery, Barstool Sports published a photo of Rondo at Billerica’s Altitude Trampoline Park the same day, fueling wild speculation.

Over the weekend, a pair of Altitude employees denied on Twitter any knowledge of the injury taking place at the business. “He sat and watched his kids jump,” said the employee who appeared in the photo with Rondo.

And on Monday, Altitude co-owner Kerry Hughes issued the following statement to WEEI: “In regards to Rajon Rondo‘s visit to Altitude in Billerica on Thursday the only comment we have is that he was here with his children and his children were the only members of his party that enjoyed jumping, climbing and our battle beam pit. He did not attract much attention as he only sat on a couch and watched his children enjoy our park’s activities. He appreciated our professional staff and allowed a few pictures to be taken. He left with no injuries or incident.”

Unless Rondo quietly broke his hand sitting on a couch, there’s no reason to distrust the shower theory — one the Celtics stood behind soon after Barstool posted the photo. Carry on, folks.

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Ben Rohrbach

The Celtics are coming off of their worst season since 2006-07. Despite high expectations this offseason, the team is entering 2014-15 with a similar roster to last season, which comes with similar expectations. However, Brad Stevens will be in his second season as coach, Rajon Rondo will begin the season healthy should play most of the season and Danny Ainge has added some new, young talent. But it’€™s still clear that the Celtics are entering yet another rebuilding season, leaving us with some major questions. We’€™ll try to find some answers in this five-part series called Rebuild Spotlight.

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

When a team has a season like the 2013-14 Celtics did, much of the conversation amongst fans shifts from the play on the court to the potential that the future holds. We’€™re all guilty of it. Talking about who Boston’€™s next star could be is just more appealing than discussing why the C’€™s couldn’t get it done that game, again.

The problem is, those hopes and dreams rarely come true, as was the case this offseason. It started with the idea of winning the draft lottery, which would allow the Celtics to get their hands on either of the top prospects — Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. When that didn’t happen, the focus moved to trading for a star like Kevin Love. What actually happened wasn’t the flashiest move, but Ainge made the most of his opportunity selecting at No. 6 and 17 overall.

Many believe the Celtics selected the best available player with both of their first-round picks — Marcus Smart and James Young. The rookies came to the Celtics with completely different expectations for the upcoming season, but both figure to play huge roles Boston’€™s long-term success.

Here’€™s what they were able to accomplish statistically in their college careers at Oklahoma State and Kentucky, respectively:

Smart: 2012-13 as a freshman: 15.4 ppg (40.4 FG%, 29.0 3P%, 77.7 FT%), 5.8 rpg, 4.2 apg, 3.0 spg, 33.5 minutes in 33 games

2013-14 as a sophomore: 18.0 ppg (42.2 FG%, 29.9 3P%, 72.8 FT%), 5.9 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.9 spg, 32.7 minutes in 31 games

Smart didn’t quite make the jump that he was expected going into his sophomore season, but he did show improvement. He shot the ball a little bit better and proved to be as versatile as any player in the 2014 draft. Smart upped his scoring in slightly fewer minutes by attacking the basket more, while maintaining highly productive numbers in rebounds, assists and steals.

Young: 2013-14 as a freshman: 14.3 ppg (40.7 FG%, 34.9 3P%, 70.6 FT%), 4.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.8 spg, 32.4 minutes in 40 games

Young played a lot of games considering he helped carry a youthful Kentucky team all the way to the NCAA championship game. Obviously, on a roster stocked with McDonald’€™s All-Americans, shots can be limited at times. But Young seemed to be the player that John Calipari gave the ball to when the Wildcats needed a bucket. Young is a fantastic scorer, but he arrives as a much more raw talent than Smart (Young just turned 19 in August). Despite not being able to contribute immediately, Young was thought of as a lottery pick much of the season and a top-10 pick in 2015 had he chosen to return to Kentucky for another season.

Smart has some of the highest expectations of all rookies this season, despite joining a crowded backcourt. Already deemed to be the next great perimeter defender, Smart is going to have to earn his minutes playing behind Rajon Rondo (when he returns from his broken left hand) and Avery Bradley. Combine Smart’€™s talent with his physical abilities and there is no chance that Brad Stevens can deny him a major role in Boston’€™s rotation, especially if Rondo ends up missing any serious time.

But can Smart be a serious contributor in just his first season? Absolutely.

Much like Kelly Olynyk last season, minutes as well as production could be inconsistent to begin with for Smart. But Olynyk really flourished after the All-Star break, and I expect that breakout to occur even earlier for Smart. It’€™s not out of the question to think Smart can play over 25 minutes per game while averaging in double figures and providing lockdown defense. Failing to become a first-team All-Rookie would be a disappointing debut season for Smart. Big things are in his future and they start right away.

Young projects to be a good player in the league as well, but unlike Smart, expecting any kind of contribution from him this season would be foolish for a couple of easons. For starters, as mentioned, the backcourt is packed. Smart has the skill set and body type to crack the rotation; Young does not. Guys like Marcus Thornton and Evan Turner will be much more attractive options off the bench for Stevens, especially early on in the season.

Being patient could be a very good thing for Young, though. Frankly, he is not yet ready to play consistent minutes in the NBA. It would have been nice for his preparation had Young been able to play in the Orlando summer league, but injury prevented him from doing so. All of these factors point to Young being a perfect candidate to take his talents to the D-League. It’€™s similar to a top prospect in baseball; Young’€™s options are to ride then bench in Boston, or play major minutes in Maine for the Red Claws. One of those options presents much more upside at age 19: playing time.

Young would be a star in the D-League and ideally get a huge confidence boost while playing 35-plus minutes on a nightly basis. Of course if Boston has another disappointing season, which is likely, Young could gain some NBA experience later in the season when the games carry less meaning.

Ainge could very well pull the trigger on a deal that would force Young to suit up for the Celtics at any time. But if all goes to plan, it seems likely the team will try to bring Young along slowly, while letting Smart off the leash right out of the gates, especially following the news of Rondo’€™s injury.

Check out the full rebuild spotlight series here:

Rebuild Spotlight: What to expect from Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller

Rebuild Spotlight: What to expect from Brad Stevens 

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Julian Edlow

In a press release, the Celtics announced that point guard Rajon Rondo required surgery this morning after breaking his left hand in a fall at his house on Thursday night.

In a press release, the Celtics announced that point guard Rajon Rondo required surgery this morning after breaking his left hand in a fall at his house on Thursday night. Rondo is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks, according to the team, which would mean that he’d miss approximately eight to 14 games depending if he returns between mid-November and the beginning of December.

Here is the press release from the team:

“The Boston Celtics announced today that guard Rajon Rondo underwent successful surgical fixation of a left metacarpal fracture this morning at New England Baptist Hospital. The injury was a result of a fall at his home last night. The surgery was performed by Dr. Hervey Kimball and Celtics Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon. Estimated timetable for return is six to eight weeks.

“Rondo, a 6′€™1′€ guard, appeared in 30 contests (all starts) for the Celtics last season and averaged 11.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 9.8 assists and 1.33 steals in 33.3 minutes per game. He recorded a season-high 22 points against Atlanta on February 26, a season-high 11 rebounds against Philadelphia on April 4. On March 9 against Detroit, Rondo recorded 18 assists and zero turnovers, passing Bill Russell for fifth highest assist total in Celtic franchise history.”

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WEEI

Days before training camp begins, the Celtics announced a series of roster moves, exchanging non-guaranteed deals and second-round picks with the Cavaliers, picking up a trade exception and releasing two players.

Days before training camp begins, the Celtics announced a series of roster moves, exchanging non-guaranteed deals and second-round picks with the Cavaliers, picking up a trade exception and releasing two players.

The C’s dealt Keith Bogans and the two heavily protected second-round picks from the Kings in 2015 and 2017 to the Cavs in exchange for Dwight Powell, the expiring contracts of John Lucas III, Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas, Cleveland’s 2016 and 2017 second-round selections and a $5.3 million trade exception.

Additionally, the C’s released Chris Babb and Chris Johnson. Got all that?

Powell, Cleveland’s second-round pick out of Stanford this past June, has a guaranteed deal, so the Celtics aren’t done dealing, since the addition of Evan Turner over the weekend would give them more guaranteed contracts (16) than the maximum allowed (15) once the season starts. The 6-foot-11, 234-pound Powell averaged 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists as a power forward for the Cardinal this past season.

Lucas, Murphy and Thomas will all likely be cut at some point in the near future, although Murphy — a former St. Mark’s star in Southborough, Mass. — is an intriguing addition if the C’s could stash him on the Red Claws.

So, why the deal? Well, those Kings picks will either fall from 56-60 in the draft or go back to Sacramento, so they weren’t worth much anyhow. The two second-rounders from Cleveland — barring protection — should fall somewhere in the 31-40 range with LeBron James and Kevin Love now on the Cavaliers.

But the big return in this trade is the exception. The $5.3 million TPE the Celtics received in return for Bogans allows them to still trade for a player of the same value without keeping paying the dead weight on the roster.

Thus ends the illustrious Celtics career of Bogans: 12 points in 55 minutes.

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Ben Rohrbach