The good news keeps on coming for the Boston Celtics. After Friday night’s win against the Celtics, Brad Stevens announced today that his point guard has been cleared for full contact in practice by Dr. Andrews yesterday. Rondo took part in the team’s practice today. Rondo is expected to still return sometime in January from his torn ACL.
Stevens answered a number of questions about Rondo’s status moving forward today in practice. Here is a full transcription of those comments.
Stevens on Rondo’s status today: “Rajon is doing more and more in practice everyday. He had a good trip yesterday as far as getting good news. It looks like he’s on schedule to be closer, but still probably doesn’t like we are going to see him on the court sometime this month. Hopefully as we get into January, he’ll be closer.
Has he been cleared for full contact? “He has been, in practice.”
How has he been progressing in practice? “He’s been not cleared 100 percent until yesterday for practice, but he has done some stuff he’s been cleared for along the way. He’s done more and more, and today he’s done the most he’s done.”
Where did he meet with his doctor? “I don’t remember where they went. He went down to see Dr. Andrews with our staff and Dr. McKeon.
Have you thought about how he will be integrated into the lineup: “I haven’t thought a ton about it since it hasn’t presented itself and it still isn’t going to present itself in the very near future. My focus is what we can do on Monday. Your thinking about how you are going to get him into it, ease him into it, but then also how you are going to manage everything around that, because there’s a lot of good players playing at a high level. They key is to continue those guys playing really well and add in another good player.”
How was practice today? “We went short, but hard in 45 minutes.”
His timetable for recovery: “He won’t play in games from what I’ve been told until after the 1st of the year. That still is, we’re talking in big generalities, I don’t know when that means. It could be a month from now, it could mean six weeks from now, there are a lot of different variables that have to be met for him to be cleared for games.”