BOSTON (CBS) – Rajon Rondo still doesn’t have a return date, but the Celtics point guard said he’ll be back before the All-Star break on Friday.
“It may be this month, next month. It’ll be before All-Star Break,” Rondo told reporters in San Francisco as the Celtics get ready to take on the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
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Rondo, who has been out since last January recovering from an ACL injury, joked that he would likely wake up one morning and play that night. He’s been practicing with the team for the last several weeks since being cleared for contact, and said he feels 10-times better since his first practice in December.
“I feel more confident, stronger, more explosive,” he said, according to The Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes.
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Rondo is struggling to find some 5-on-5 action, with practice time limited with the Celtics on the road. He joked that he may hit some local YMCAs in hopes of finding a game or two to knock off some rust.
“I’m just trying to get back into shape,” said Rondo. “I haven’t played ball in 12 months. You can do all the cardio, treadmill, running you want, it’s still different from basketball shape.”
The four-time All Star underwent ACL surgery last February and has stressed that he wouldn’t return to the floor until he is 100 percent.