Brad Stevens has no hard and fast date for when Rajon Rondo will return to the court for the Celtics. The coach insists he is not rushing Rondo back, even if the point guard’s absence affects the team’s preparation for the upcoming season.
“That’s something you have to balance,” Stevens told reporters Friday at a youth basketball clinic in Dorchester. “You’re going to introduce some things that may be best for [Rondo, but] on Oct. 7, in our first exhibition game, he may not be available.
“You’re going to have to figure out where you go from there, and how to best fit pieces into those spots. But we have a lot of versatile guys, and I think we’ll be able to, when he’s not playing, do things that are conducive to the skill set of others and, when [Rondo is] playing, incorporate him into is easily.”
Rondo has been out since early February, when he underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. While initial reports indicated Rondo could be back by training camp, most recent rumored timelines have hinted at a December return at the earliest.