BOSTON (CBS) – No one knows for sure when Rajon Rondo will hit the floor for the Boston Celtics this season, but his new head coach is happy with the progress the point guard is making.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said at Thursday’s second annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Breakfast at the TD Garden that Rondo is in the gym and making progress, though he doesn’t know when his point guard will be back.
“Rondo is progressing well,” said Stevens, according to ESPNBoston.com. “He’s in the gym, he’s working. He’s been great at what he can do. He has not been cleared to do everything, and it looks like that’ll be a little bit of time before he is.
“Has the date been determined? No. Does it look like he’ll be there at the start of the season? No,” added Stevens. “But he is in the gym and when he is in the gym, people are that much better because I think he’s just got a way about him that makes everyone else rise up. And that’s been a really important thing for us and he’s been great so far.”
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While he won’t be suiting up to start the season, it’s a good sign to hear Rondo is in the gym with his new teammates, preparing for a very new Celtics team this season.
Rondo missed the second half of last season after undergoing ACL surgery in February. On Tuesday, Celtics GM Danny Ainge didn’t want to put a target date on Rondo’s return but told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich he doesn’t expect to have Rondo back until early December.
Rondo, who averaged 13.7 points and 11.6 assists for Boston last season, is expected to be with the team when Training Camp begins on Tuesday.