The best-case scenario became an impossibility long ago. Now, the Celtics may have to move on to the third- or fourth-best scenario for Rajon Rondo‘s return.
Rondo, who was initially targeted for an optimistic early-December return date, told reporters in Indiana that it could be more than a month or two before he gets back to playing in games. Speaking after the Celtics’ loss to the Pacers, Rondo tabbed “mid-January, late February” as the earliest he can get his strength and stamina back.
Rondo was cleared last week for full-contact practice and called a post-practice scrimmage with teammates after one session. But he and the team have been adamant since his surgery last February that the All-Star point guard will not return to the court until he feels 100 percent.
Is January realistic for Rondo to return? He says no. He later mentions late January & early February as possibilities.—
Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) December 23, 2013
Rondo stressed he's not very close to game shape, needs to do a lot more to feel ready.—
Jay King (@ByJayKing) December 23, 2013
More from #Celtics Rondo: "It might be mid-January, late February. I'm going to come back when the time is right and when I get my stamina."—
A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) December 23, 2013
Q: Does Jan. seem realistic for you in terms of a return? Rondo: "No. I've had one practice and a pickup game. My endurance is key for me."—
gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) December 23, 2013
Rondo missed the last three months of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a double-overtime loss to Atlanta. He underwent surgery in February and has never set a firm timeline for his recovery.