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Rondo says elbow is doing well. We’d like to see it in games.

Nov 8, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

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Rajon Rondo is riding out the lockout in Kentucky, taking classes toward his degree and staying in shape.

We’re interested because the last time we really saw Rondo his elbow was bending in a way elbows just should not bend. He played through it in the playoffs, but Rondo wasn’t right.

He tells the Boston Herald he is good now. Pretty much. He’s in shape and has been playing basketball since August. But there are still questions.

“I was playing pickup, and I reached in trying to get a steal and my arm got stuck,” he said. “I kind of got a shock from the feeling, but I’m fine. I’ve been going back to Boston every month to meet with the doctor, and he tells me what to do.

“The elbow is fine now. It hasn’t given me any problems, but I also haven’t been in a lot of basketball situations yet.”

There are two parts for athletes recovering from any major surgery, be it elbow or knee or big toe. First is the physical healing. But the second is the mental hurdle of really trusting it again — playing without the fear of re-injury in the back of your mind.

Sounds like Rondo is though the first part and on the second, steps he can only take by playing in some high level games. Which is not really going to happen until the lockout ends. But when it does, we expect Rondo to be Rondo.

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