With Rajon Rondo out for the rest of the season, help may be on the way for the Celtics. Jessica Camerato of Comcast Sportsnet New England has the story of the Boston Celtics looking for help from an old fiend.
Four months after retiring from the NBA, Keyon Dooling is considering a return to the game.
The 12-year veteran guard began increasing his workout routine on Tuesday should he receive a call from the Boston Celtics.
“I’m definitely considering,” Dooling told CSNNE.com Tuesday evening. “I’ve upped my exercise starting today and if Doc (Rivers) gives me the word I will be ready.”
Keyon Dooling had retired in late September after he was waived by the Celtics. He had played 12 years in the league and is 32 years old but still had plenty to give. But he had really retired because he was battling repressed memories of abuse last summer. He rejoined the Celtics as a coordinator of player development.
Rajon Rondo had credited Dooling for motivating the team for their earlier six-game winning streak. But now with Rondo out for the season, the Celtics need a primary ballhandler to replace him. While the Celtics have a glut of guards in their roster (Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Leandro Barbosa, Avery Bradley), not one of them are pure ballhandlers like Rondo. So Dooling could step in and provide that relief for the Celtics. But of course, that also depends on his mental health. He had indicated in that article that he may be ready to do it.
Dooling was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the first round in 2000. He was picked 10th overall by the Magic but was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers on Draft Day. After four seasons with the Clippers, he played with the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, and the Milwaukee Bucks. Then he played with the Boston Celtics last season, averaging 4.0 points and 1.1 assists. Dooling has spent his entire career as the main back-up point guard for each of the teams he’s played with and averaged 7.0 points and 2.2 assists in his 12-year career.