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Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at 11:20 am  |  56 responses

Rajon Rondo Says He’s ‘Pretty Close’ to Returning

 

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

There still isn’t a definitive timeline for Rajon Rondo’s highly-anticipated return to NBA action, but for what it’s worth, the Boston Celtics’ star point guard says it’s getting close.

Rondo wants to ease into things — he might try his surgically-repaired right knee out in the D-League before rejoining the C’s.

Per the Boston Herald:

“I’m not coming back playing 38 minutes a night,” Rondo said before the Celtics’ 94-82 loss to the Bulls last night. “I will have an impact on the game, but not like I used to have when I first come back.”

Asked if he had a test for himself in mind, Rondo smiled and said, “Yeah, like a 12-minute quarter — straight, you know, see what I can do. But I don’t want to go out there and get fatigued and cause another injury. I want to make sure I’m ready to go and I’m in shape. I’m still getting my endurance, but other than that I’m getting pretty close.”

Along that line, Rondo is open to a rehab trip to the Celts’ D-League affiliate in Maine.

According to GM Danny Ainge, Rajon Rondo came up with the idea of practicing and perhaps playing with the Maine Red Claws, but nothing is set in stone at this point.

The ever-cautious Rondo says that since he hasn’t gone through training camp and preseason after tearing his ACL, the D-League stint would provide him with an opportunity to experience game-like speed before jumping back into NBA action.

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  • Fitzy

    I love rondo but if we’re gonna get a good pick he needs to chill haha. Either way I’ll be happy for my boys though

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • LakeShow

    The Celt’s could be interesting to watch in the East. They could get to the East Semi’s with Rondo leading them.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    definitely. Rondo by himself…in the playoffs, probably makes them the 3rd best team in the East. lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    definitely. Rondo by himself…in the playoffs, probably makes them the 3rd best team in the East. lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    definitely. Rondo by himself…in the playoffs, probably makes them the 3rd best team in the East. lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    definitely. Rondo by himself…in the playoffs, probably makes them the 3rd best team in the East. lol

  • EJ

    How long has he been out? seems like forever

  • EJ

    How long has he been out? seems like forever

  • EJ

    How long has he been out? seems like forever

  • swill

    close to a year.

  • swill

    close to a year.

  • swill

    close to a year.

  • swill

    close to a year.

  • swill

    close to a year.

  • andrew

    hopefully he matured during the year of injury. instead of trying to fight everyone ( like cousins). this time he has no garnett or pierce to back him up.

  • andrew

    hopefully he matured during the year of injury. instead of trying to fight everyone ( like cousins). this time he has no garnett or pierce to back him up.

  • andrew

    hopefully he matured during the year of injury. instead of trying to fight everyone ( like cousins). this time he has no garnett or pierce to back him up.

  • andrew

    hopefully he matured during the year of injury. instead of trying to fight everyone ( like cousins). this time he has no garnett or pierce to back him up.

  • jmm

    Flawless Ron Burgiffery dude.

  • jmm

    Flawless Ron Burgiffery dude.

  • jmm

    Flawless Ron Burgiffery dude.

  • jmm

    Flawless Ron Burgiffery dude.

  • jmm

    Flawless Ron Burgiffery dude.

  • LLC#12

    If Garnett and Pierce had stayed in Boston, they could legitimately have been the 3 seed in the playoffs. Oh well.

  • LLC#12

    If Garnett and Pierce had stayed in Boston, they could legitimately have been the 3 seed in the playoffs. Oh well.

  • LLC#12

    If Garnett and Pierce had stayed in Boston, they could legitimately have been the 3 seed in the playoffs. Oh well.

  • LLC#12

    If Garnett and Pierce had stayed in Boston, they could legitimately have been the 3 seed in the playoffs. Oh well.

  • LLC#12

    If Garnett and Pierce had stayed in Boston, they could legitimately have been the 3 seed in the playoffs. Oh well.

  • LLC#12

    If Garnett and Pierce had stayed in Boston, they could legitimately have been the 3 seed in the playoffs. Oh well.

  • Krista Johnson

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  • higherthanakite

    what are you smoking? have you seen them play for the nets this year?

  • LLC#12

    Them going to the Nets has played at least a small role in their demise. I don’t think they would have stunk this badly if they had been in the same system they were used to etc. The Celtics are currently 9th, without Rondo. Its not unreasonable to think they could have finished this season in 3rd if they had kept last years team and Rondo returned in January.

  • Fitzy

    Sully, Crawford and Bradley’s emergence would also be something to consider. However assuming they stay maybe the don’t break out the way that they have so far.

  • Fitzy

    It’ll be a year January 27th since the announcement. I was at the heat game that day. Remember feeling so fired up that we got a big win and walking out of the arena all the fans in boston saw on the TVs was that rondo was done for the year with a torn acl. Talk about your highs and lows. Everyone let out a collective “fuck.”

  • http://bit.ly/1adGLWn SirGrey

    I’ll still take that postseason Rondo before I take Curry. Sorry y’all.

  • King David

    who cares, F*CK Rondo !

  • King David

    Rondo sucks tho…

  • King David

    Rondo sucks tho

  • King David

    March

  • Saleem Rainman

    ….u are excused…

  • http://bit.ly/1adGLWn SirGrey

    Did you start watching NBA games in 2014 ?

  • thebossman15
  • 2chainz

    You dont watch Basketball.

  • King David

    no he sucks guards that cant shoot suck !

  • bigdyl20

    Because they don’t want to be there

  • LakeShow

    17-12-7-2.5 over 19 games in 2012 playoffs
    and
    17-10-10-2.5 over 14 games in 2008-2009 playoffs

    Hmmm, we both have a very different view on what “sucks” is I guess….

  • LakeShow

    When did he have sex with every women you have ever loved??

    Calm your self man, gee whiz….

  • Notedejes Dardeito

    Returning? I thought he retires

  • http://bit.ly/1adGLWn SirGrey

    Magic Johnson wasn’t that great of a shooter, but they’re both efficient by picking their spots.

  • King David

    i know you didnt compare Magic to this bum Rondo…..

  • King David

    lets see him do that with no HOFers

  • http://bit.ly/1adGLWn SirGrey

    Just an example. Lol, you okay man ? It sounds like Rondo lost you a lot of money.

  • King David

    LOL

  • Clos1881

    You joking right?

  • Clos1881

    Lol after 08 rondo was the best player on those teams

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