|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 2, 2013 at 1:35 PM|
Can't wait for the real thing, but this will do for now.
Rajon Rondo might only be on the court one practice each day at training camp as he navigates the final stages of his rehab from ACL surgery, but getting him off the floor appears no easy task.
As Boston Celtics director of security Phil Lynch was herding the last of Boston's players onto the bus following the morning workout at the Rodgers Recreation Center on the campus of Salve Regina -- whisking veterans (Kris Humphries) and rookies (Phil Pressey) alike away from quote-hungry reporters -- Rondo was still navigating a lengthy post-practice shooting session helmed by assistant coach Ron Adams.
For media members, this was essentially our first glimpse of Rondo in action since April, when he returned to the Garden floor for some light shooting in the initial phase of his rehab after surgery in mid-February. Rondo looked surprisingly sharp running through non-contract offensive drills with his teammates, showing a refined shooting touch (particularly from the perimeter) and moving fluidly much of the time with a small brace visible on his right knee.
Rondo, as he did Tuesday, is expected to sit out the full-contact afternoon session, but will work out individually and was a vocal presence throughout Tuesday's second session.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens hesitated to offer any assessment of how far Rondo has progressed, noting, "I’ve seen him every day, so it’s harder for me to tell than maybe you to tell because you haven’t seen him on the court for a while. He looks good to me. That being said, he still has a ways to go."
Rondo has hinted at December return, but seeing him sprinting around the floor is encouraging sign that he can hit that projection.