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Report: Rondo’s timeline to return to practice is “his decision”

Dec 3, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

via @SherrodbCSN via @SherrodbCSN

He wasn’t doing full contact 5-on-5, but Rajon Rondo was back at practice for the Boston Celtics Monday, tweets A. Sherrod Blakely at You can see the proof to the right.

It’s a good sign for Celtics fans.

But how soon can he be back to full on practices may be up to Rondo. At least according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

Boston is 7-12 without Rondo this season, but amazingly that is good enough for the nine seed in the East right now.

Rondo is returning from an ACL tear and has hinted December is when he’d like to return. But both the team and Rondo need to be patient and play for the long haul — it’s not about games in December, it’s about games three years from now. They need him to come back right to where he can be his old self.

Once the doctors clear him (if that has really happened) it falls to Rondo to know when he is ready. That may take longer than some fans want (see Rose, Derrick) but it needs to be on Rondo’s timetable. You can bet he wants to be out there but he has to think big picture, too.

  1. cnyphinfan - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I think he comes back sooner than Rose did – he does not rely on his explosiveness that much. He can be effective as a point guard while he works all the way back.

    • theromeo2k - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Wrong, he needs to be quick and athletic in order to make up for his horrible shooting %. Moreover, his quickness and speed is a major reason as to why he’s considered an Allstar(along with his passing abilities and defensive skills, of course). I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes a couple of more months out. He needs it, to be effective… Take your time Rondo!

  2. GT - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Because of D. Rose, it will be awhile before anyone can criticize any athlete’s recovery timeline.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I see Rondo as a guy who will err on the side of pushing the envelope. Can’t wait to have him back.

  4. homergreenz - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Rondo, it has been previously reported, is scheduled to go see James Andrews early next week.

    Was that appointment moved up?

    He’s still not doing full contact stuff, so I don’t think anything has changed.

    At the earliest we’ll see Rondo after Christmas, but probably not until January.

  5. homergreenz - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    To reiterate what I’ve said all along: it’s unlikely that Rondo will play in December.

    The appointment with Dr. Andrews has not been accelerated, it’s been pushed back.

    “He’s scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews in 10-14 days for a checkup on his right knee.”

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