|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 27, 2013 at 3:45 AM|
Brooks is not a doctor, but I think he's probably right. December is around the corner and Rondo must be eager to get back out there with a team that's built for him in the open court. This team is far from finished, but the system is in place, and this roster has nice players to go with Rondo in the meantime.
Rondo appears to be ramping up his pregame workouts lately. During the team's recently completed two-game road trip, he was seen running sprints on the sideline and playing 1-on-1 with teammate MarShon Brooks. So how does Rondo look to his sparring partner?
"He looks good, man," Brooks said after Tuesday's practice at HealthPoint. "He’s quick. He’s very quick, always been quick. I think he’s almost there."
While both the Celtics and Rondo have backed off any firm timelines during his rehab, a December return has often been hinted. Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge have stressed that Rondo's return is not imminent, but his teammates depict a player that is chomping at the bit to get back on the court -- even as they caution him to take his time to ensure he's ready both mentally and physically.
"It’s good to see him on the court working out every now and then," said backcourt mate Avery Bradley. "I just can’t wait until he gets back. It’s fun to see him out there. He wants to be back so bad. He’s getting closer out there."
"When we do that stuff, even if it’s 100 percent [effort], there are no other bodies on the court, so you can’t tell [how close he is to returning]," said Stevens. "I know he’s playing a little bit of 1-on-1 before games, but I’m not out there, so I haven’t seen a whole lot that would say he’d be close to ready or whatever the case may be. I have not gotten any word that we have a timeline that is anytime in the very, very near future."