Who knew Rajon Rondo was such a big fan of the Broadway musical ‘Rent’?
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who has yet to play a game this season — not to mention of a substantial portion of last season as well — after tearing the ACL in right knee during a Jan. 27, 2013 game against the Miami Heat, took to Twitter on Monday night to deliver a cryptic clue as to when he may finally make his season debut.
— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) January 14, 2014
What gives? It appears Rondo must have an affinity for the Broadway musical “Rent,” and the tweet was inspired by the song, “Seasons of Love.” You know, the song that has the line, “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes”? You know, breaking down a period of time — in the song’s case, calendar year — into a non-traditional measurement? Anyone? Anyone? What has happened to America’s love of musicals?
Okay, okay, that’s pretty weak — and to be honest, I’ve never seen “Rent.” I believe I knew that reference from an episode of “Family Guy” or something. And then Wikipedia did the rest.
Moving on, if interpreting the number correctly, the 29,233,380 seconds alluded to in the tweet amounts to the time — 338 days, 8 hours, and 23 minutes — between his season-ending surgery on Feb. 15 of last year and … Friday.
Does that mean Rondo intends to play Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers? All signs seem to indicate that is the case, bearing in mind that Rondo’s surgery was at 11:07 a.m. on Feb. 15 and the 7:30 p.m. tipoff on Friday.
Whether or not he does is another matter. Rondo has been eager to get back to it, promising last week that he would return before the All-Star break in mid-February.
For now, regardless of whether or not he makes his season debut against the Lakers on Friday, Rondo says he’s trying to support his teammates the best he can.
“Just trying to keep guys confident and positive, just keep being a vocal leader out there, what I can do from the sideline,” he said.
Keeping his teammates confident and positive is a tall order for Rondo, given that the Celtics are mired in a nine-game losing streak that has left the team with a 13-26 record.
Even if Rondo does make a spectacular return and leads the team to some wins, to expect him and him alone to turn around a terrible season may be a little too much weight for Rondo’s surgically-repaired right knee to bear.