Rajon Rondo has updated us on when he sees himself returning to the NBA floor for the first time since tearing his ACL in January 2013:
Rondo said January is not realistic for his return. "I've had one practice and a pickup game."
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) December 23, 2013
Rondo says late January at best, maybe February.
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) December 23, 2013
As I have suggested since before the season, this date is going to get pushed back plenty of times before we see Rondo in a uniform this season… if we do indeed see him this year. The anticipated mid-December return has already fallen back to February it would appear.
There is no reason for Rondo to rush at all, which is a nice luxury to have. But the longer he waits, the fewer reasons there will be for him to even play at all this season. I do believe we will see him before the 2013-14 campaign comes to a close, but it may just be much later than fans initially expected to have him back.
Rondo on how he needs to feel before returning
Baxter Holmes, Boston.com:
"It’s what I’ve been doing my entire life," he said. "[I've] never had a time where I had to sit out this much, so it’s a very humbling experience. I just want to play the game."
Are there any more tests that he must pass?
"Nah, I don’t think I have to pass any more tests," he said. "I have to pass tests for myself. I know what I felt like before I hurt my [knee]. When I get back to feeling that ... then I’ll be back."
"My endurance is key for me," he said. "I don’t want to come back and not be fully 100 percent as far as my health and me being in shape as well, because the worst thing is me coming back and not being in shape and have another injury, so I want to make sure I’m in basketball condition."
On if Kobe and Rose injuries make him think twice about coming back too soon
"Those are two big MVP players that have had unfortunate injuries like that, but a lot of guys came back and did fine," Rondo said.
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