While the trade rumors surrounding the All-Star point guard continue to calm down, there’s good news out of Houston regarding Rajon Rondo’s progress in his return to the floor. After an off-day Sunday, the Celtics were back at it yesterday, practicing in preparation for the Rockets game tonight. One player out there on the floor, sporting a heavy set was none other than Rondo.
Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald gets us caught up on the details at the Toyota Center:
During the latter portion of the workout that was open to media, Rondo, in a green shirt darkened by sweat, was involved in halfcourt scrimmaging. He had been cleared last week for 3-on-3 contact.
“A little bit,” he said later when asked if he’d been given the OK to go 5-on-5.
Rondo added that he has yet to be given a set timetable for a return.
“But I can tell you I’m feeling a lot better,” he said. “I feel a lot better than I did last week.”
He continues to wear a brace on his right knee, but his movements did not appear to be hindered too badly by the device.
“He did a little bit more today, just putting himself in and out. He didn’t practice the entire time, but he did a lot of things, which was good,” said coach Brad Stevens.
“He did a little bit, but he didn’t do it all,” he added when asked about the contact. “But you can clearly see, even if you come before the game, that he’s making progress. What that means (as far as a) timetable, I have not been told nor has it really been discussed. So I can’t imagine it’s any time very, very soon. .?.?. I can’t worry too much about it. I can’t really think too much about it. I just have to be ready for when it does happen, and hopefully by that time we’ll have been given a little bit of a heads-up that it’s going to happen shortly. But we’re not there yet.”
With another player (Lou Williams) who suffered a torn ACL last January returning to the floor on Friday night for the Hawks, it’s no surprise that Rondo is ramping up his efforts in the final stage of his recovery. Ainge has been on record saying that it’s unlike Rondo will be returning before the month of December. However, with the way his progress is going at this stage, the thinking it might be towards the start of December would not be a stretch.
For the time being, that should put an end to the trade rumors and put the focus primarily on his return to the floor in the upcoming weeks, making a logjam in the backcourt more crowded.