NEW YORK -- The Celtics wasted little time this summer acquiring two centers on two-year contracts to replace the injured Kendrick Perkins, who may not return until February from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
And then Tuesday, president Danny Ainge said Perkins would have to earn his starting spot back once he returned. The logjam at center gives coach Rivers various options, but Perkins may lose out on his starting spot because of injury, always a difficult situation in sports.
Celtics guard and Perkins' close friend Rajon Rondo, said Saturday from Madison Square Garden that the big man understand the team's recent moves and his recovery is going smoothly.
"He's handling it like a professional," Rondo said after Team USA's 98-51 scrimmage win over China. "He's trying to take care of his body. He's getting a lot of treatment on his knee. He's actually walking. He's in good spirits. He's a warrior. He wants to play and is ready to get back out there. He wants to play but obviously but we don't want to rush anything back."