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Ainge says Rajon Rondo still weeks away from return

Dec 5, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

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The Boston Celtics may be on top of the Atlantic Division — at 8-12, but still on top of it — that doesn’t mean Rajon Rondo is rushing back to the court following ACL surgery.

In his weekly radio interview with Toucher and Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub Ainge talked about weeks not days, as transcribed at the Boston Globe.

“I don’t think he’s close,” Ainge said. “I don’t think it’s gonna happen in the next few weeks. We’re not on pins and needles about it. We’re being very cautious with Rondo. He’s still got a little bit of a limp. He needs to get his strength back.”

“He’s just not himself yet, but he’s getting there and he’s pushing himself to get there,” Ainge said. “Listen, we’re going to be very cautious with him and make sure he’s right before he comes back. There’s just a little bit of a limp still, and he’s got to get that strength in his knee back to 100 percent before we’ll let him back out on the court.”

Boston is in no rush for him to return, if anything they want him to take his time. They are thinking about Rondo as a long-term building block (or as a trade piece, if you prefer). They are looking to rebuild and good draft picks in a deep draft can help speed that along.

Rondo has been cleared to do some practicing but he clearly is not near 100 percent yet. Maybe the Celtics will get him back as a Christmas present. Or maybe around New Year’s. Or… whenever he is ready.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I think he can be a part of the new look Celtics and unless they can get a kings ransom back (where Ainge has to explain to no one why he took the deal), I hope they keep him.

    Frankly, as long as he is back for the January 26th tilt against the Nets I will be happy. I’ll admit it’s for selfish reasons but I just want him back healthy.

  2. gogronk - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Toucher and Rich don’t know anything about basketball, or sports at that matter.

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      They are morons who are occasionally funny. I only listen to them when they have interviews like Mikey, and Chia because then I actually learn something.

  3. homergreenz - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Like I’ve said all along, Rondo is not going to play in 2013

    http://bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2013/12/rondo_shooting_for_later_date

    Though a source told the Herald last week that Rajon Rondo was expected to meet with his knee surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, at some point between Dec. 7 and 10 for clearance to practice, Rondo pushed the date back to an equally vague date.

    “I might see him during my holidays,” he said last night before the Celtics beat the Denver Nuggets, 106-98.

    The Celtics are expected to have an extended Christmas break following their Dec. 22 game at Indiana. That period, between Dec. 22 and either Dec. 26 or 27, when the team resumes practice, may be the window for this summit.

    Rondo, who has said he won’t return until he has full confidence in his knee, has been playing one-on-one before games, and taking part in the non-contact portions of practice. Last night, he went through a vigorous pregame shooting drill with assistant coach Ron Adams feeding him the ball.

    Rondo now needs clearance for contact and to play in full practices. His return to playing is still a vague notion at best.

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