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The Celtics season just got a lot more challenging after it was announced that Rajon Rondo will be out after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Will GM Danny Ainge blow up the roster or let Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers figure out how to get by without their star point guard? (Greg Nelson/SI)

THOMSEN: Celtics must regroup without Rondo
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo

The Celtics season just got a lot more challenging after it was announced that Rajon Rondo will be out after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Will GM Danny Ainge blow up the roster or let Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers figure out how to get by without their star point guard? (Greg Nelson/SI)
THOMSEN: Celtics must regroup without RondoGALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo shoots over Bobcats forward Bismack Biyombo during the second half of Monday’s game in Boston. Rondo scored 17 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds as the Celtics won 100-89. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo shoots over Bobcats forward Bismack Biyombo during the second half of Monday’s game in Boston. Rondo scored 17 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds as the Celtics won 100-89. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo strips O.J. Mayo of the ball during overtime of last night’s Celtics-Mavs game. Boston blew a 14-point third quarter lead but prevailed in double-overtime, 117-115. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo strips O.J. Mayo of the ball during overtime of last night’s Celtics-Mavs game. Boston blew a 14-point third quarter lead but prevailed in double-overtime, 117-115. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo

It was Fight Night in Brooklyn on Wednesday as Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries got into it after the Nets forward knocked down Celtics center Kevin Garnett. The fight motivated the Nets, who went on to dominate Boston in a 95-83 victory. (Jeff Wickerham/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Watch the Celtics-Nets brawl

It was Fight Night in Brooklyn on Wednesday as Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries got into it after the Nets forward knocked down Celtics center Kevin Garnett. The fight motivated the Nets, who went on to dominate Boston in a 95-83 victory. (Jeff Wickerham/Getty Images)
VIDEO: Watch the Celtics-Nets brawl

Kentucky’s Rajon Rondo drives against Mississippi’s Bam Doyne during a 2005 SEC Tournament game.¬†Rondo’s time at Kentucky was a mixed bag. Although the point guard averaged 11 points per game and piloted the Wildcats to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2006 (his second and final season), it was the first of two straight seasons with double-digit losses, which resulted in Tubby Smith’s exit. SI’s Rob Dauster ranked this year’s Kentucky squad No. 1 in his preseason SEC rankings. (Wade Payne/Icon SMI)

DAUSTER: 2012 SEC Primer
GALLERY: Rare Rajon Rondo Photos

Kentucky’s Rajon Rondo drives against Mississippi’s Bam Doyne during a 2005 SEC Tournament game. Rondo’s time at Kentucky was a mixed bag. Although the point guard averaged 11 points per game and piloted the Wildcats to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2006 (his second and final season), it was the first of two straight seasons with double-digit losses, which resulted in Tubby Smith’s exit. SI’s Rob Dauster ranked this year’s Kentucky squad No. 1 in his preseason SEC rankings. (Wade Payne/Icon SMI)DAUSTER: 2012 SEC PrimerGALLERY: Rare Rajon Rondo Photos

Dwyane Wade is fouled by Rajon Rondo during the fourth quarter of last night’s Heat-Celtics game. The rivalry between the two teams is strong as ever with Wade calling the foul a “punk play.” Miami rolled to a 120-107 victory in the opening game of the NBA season. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

THOMSEN: Miami looks ready to repeat with opening night victory

Dwyane Wade is fouled by Rajon Rondo during the fourth quarter of last night’s Heat-Celtics game. The rivalry between the two teams is strong as ever with Wade calling the foul a “punk play.” Miami rolled to a 120-107 victory in the opening game of the NBA season. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
THOMSEN: Miami looks ready to repeat with opening night victory

Rajon Rondo nearly kicks Chris Lofton in the head after Lofton faked a shot during a 2006 Kentucky-Tennessee game at Rupp Arena. In his preseason power rankings SI’s Luke Winn has the Wildcats ranked No. 4 and the Vols at No. 27. (David Stephenson/Lexington Herald-Leader/Getty Images)

WINN: College Basketball Preseason Power Rankings
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo nearly kicks Chris Lofton in the head after Lofton faked a shot during a 2006 Kentucky-Tennessee game at Rupp Arena. In his preseason power rankings SI’s Luke Winn has the Wildcats ranked No. 4 and the Vols at No. 27. (David Stephenson/Lexington Herald-Leader/Getty Images)
WINN: College Basketball Preseason Power RankingsGALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo

An angry Kobe Bryant points at Rajon Rondo during a contentious 2009 game between the Lakers and Celtics. Ray Allen, acting as peacemaker in this photo, has left Boston to play with LeBron James and the Heat. In their latest roundtable, SI’s experts think the addition of Allen make Miami the favorite to repeat this season. (AP)

NBA ROUNDTABLE: The NBA’s best and worst teams
GALLERY: Rare Rajon Rondo Photos | Kobe Bryant

An angry Kobe Bryant points at Rajon Rondo during a contentious 2009 game between the Lakers and Celtics. Ray Allen, acting as peacemaker in this photo, has left Boston to play with LeBron James and the Heat. In their latest roundtable, SI’s experts think the addition of Allen make Miami the favorite to repeat this season. (AP)
NBA ROUNDTABLE: The NBA’s best and worst teamsGALLERY: Rare Rajon Rondo Photos | Kobe Bryant

Heat guard Mario Chalmers avoids a driving Rajon Rondo during the opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals in Miami on Monday. The Heat cruised to a 93-79 victory as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 54 points. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

THOMSEN: Rondo, Celtics need change of pace to beat Heat

Heat guard Mario Chalmers avoids a driving Rajon Rondo during the opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals in Miami on Monday. The Heat cruised to a 93-79 victory as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 54 points. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
THOMSEN: Rondo, Celtics need change of pace to beat Heat

Rajon Rondo eyes up LeBron James during a 2011 Heat-Celtics game. The Celtics and Heat are both one win away from an Eastern Conference Finals showdown, but first they need to get past the 76ers and Pacers. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo | LeBron James
LOWE: Pacers having problems with Heat defense
LOWE: Can Celtics overcome injuries and Sixers?

Rajon Rondo eyes up LeBron James during a 2011 Heat-Celtics game. The Celtics and Heat are both one win away from an Eastern Conference Finals showdown, but first they need to get past the 76ers and Pacers. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo | LeBron JamesLOWE: Pacers having problems with Heat defenseLOWE: Can Celtics overcome injuries and Sixers?

Rajon Rondo shakes hands with Jeremy Lin before Sunday’s Celtics-Knicks game. Rondo dominated his counterpart, recording 18 points, 20 rebounds and 17 assists in a 115-111 overtime victory. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

THOMSEN: Should Celtics trade Rondo after monster game?
VIDEO: Shaq, Barkley on whether Lakers should pursue Rondo
TRUTH AND RUMORS: Knicks planning “two-headed monster”

Rajon Rondo shakes hands with Jeremy Lin before Sunday’s Celtics-Knicks game. Rondo dominated his counterpart, recording 18 points, 20 rebounds and 17 assists in a 115-111 overtime victory. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
THOMSEN: Should Celtics trade Rondo after monster game?VIDEO: Shaq, Barkley on whether Lakers should pursue RondoTRUTH AND RUMORS: Knicks planning “two-headed monster”

The NBA is back, and despite Rajon Rondo’s 33 points and 13 assists, the Celtics fell to the Knicks in the first game of the season. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

MANNIX: Revamped Knicks beat Celtics | Highlights
FORRESTER: Thunder roll past Magic | Highlights

AMICK: Paul leads Clips past Warriors | Highlights
HENDRICKSON: Heat dominate Mavs | Highlights

The NBA is back, and despite Rajon Rondo’s 33 points and 13 assists, the Celtics fell to the Knicks in the first game of the season. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) 
MANNIX: Revamped Knicks beat Celtics | HighlightsFORRESTER: Thunder roll past Magic | HighlightsAMICK: Paul leads Clips past Warriors | HighlightsHENDRICKSON: Heat dominate Mavs | Highlights

LeBron James makes a new friend during the South Florida All-Star Classic, an exhibition game featuring a slew of NBA stars at Florida International on Saturday. Team James, which included Chris Bosh, Rajon Rondo and Rudy Gay defeated Team Wade 141-140 after Wade sank two free throws with 3.2 seconds left. Wade’s teammates included Chris Paul Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony among others. The NBA Lockout is now in its 102nd day. (US Presswire)

LeBron James makes a new friend during the South Florida All-Star Classic, an exhibition game featuring a slew of NBA stars at Florida International on Saturday. Team James, which included Chris Bosh, Rajon Rondo and Rudy Gay defeated Team Wade 141-140 after Wade sank two free throws with 3.2 seconds left. Wade’s teammates included Chris Paul Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony among others. The NBA Lockout is now in its 102nd day. (US Presswire)