Rajon Rondo returned to Boston in time for Easter.
No, this was not a resurrection. Rajon was sitting on the bench in a spiffy green and black stripe jersey and dark sports coat.
He won't be playing again until end of summer. The final ten games of the season are beyond Rondo's miracles.
In the meantime, he seemed relaxed and rested after some grueling rehab in Florida. Like the New Nixon, the New Rondo was examining a team nothing like the one he left and led earlier.
Rondo has returned to a new Boston, with a landscape forever changed with popular favorites like Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead, and Mayor Tom Menino announcing his retirement, all gone from the scene.
If ever Rondo wanted to play for the Patriots (as he often says), the openings are there.
As for the Celtics, they put on a show for Rondo, letting him know they can play even if he is on the sidelines-or trying out for the Patriots.
Rondo was not too mobile as he plunked down on the bench, and he did not rise or jump up too often during the first half.
The Celts scored 66 points in the first half, a season high with or without Rondo.
He was sedate and reserved as usual, impervious to many scores. He clapped politely at a few Paul Pierce scores, and a bit more heartily at a three-pointer.
Rajon seemed to save his most emotional support for Chris Wilcox when he scored. Only the most cynical would say that Rondo came to the Atlanta Hawks game because his old college roommate Josh Smith was in town.
The only other game Rondo would not miss would be Oklahoma City when Kendrick Perkins visits Boston.