As we count down the hours before the start of reunion week in Brooklyn, Rajon Rondo held court with the media today at the team’s shootaround in New York. Our buddy Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com was on the scene to get the latest on Rondo’s progress and his status with the team moving forward.
On wanting to return: “I’ve been anxious ever since I hurt myself,” said Rondo. “It’s a long process. Some days are better than others. But I’m patient and I’m not going to rush.”
On what he’s done in practice: “I haven’t done anything,” said Rondo. “I haven’t played up and down, side-to-side, right now I’m doing drills, it’s not a big deal.”
Later he added, “I’m confident, but like I said, I haven’t practiced or anything so it’s hard to say. [Games of] 1-on-1 [are] different from actually going through picks and hitting the floor, playing 5-on-5, getting back in transition, making the quick moves without thinking about it. I haven’t done any of that.”
Rondo also shared some positive vibes about how well the team is playing right now through the first two months of the season with him sidelined.
Rondo on his teammates: “The way the team is playing now, it’s hard to scout our team because it’s not just one guy doing all the scoring. It’s a collective effort, a group of guys and five or six guys in double figures each night. It’s hard to stop a team like that. Not to compare us, but like the Pacers are a hard team to scout. The way we’re playing right now, we’re in good rhythm.”
Make sure you go head over to ESPNBoston.com and check out the full post by Forsberg with more great quotes from Rondo about the team’s effort.