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Rondo says he may return in January, or late February

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 23, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Rondo is taking it slow after he was cleared for full contact. The December return date was pushed back to January, and now it looks like late February, from the mouth of Rondo. If this continues to happen, I wonder if Rondo is thinking about taking the season off.

ESPN Boston

"I’ve had one practice and a pickup game, that’s about it," Rondo told reporters in Indiana after Boston's 106-79 loss to the Pacers. "My endurance is key for me. 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."

Pressed on a timeline, Rondo remained noncommittal.

"It might be mid-January, late February, I’m going to come back when the time is right and I get my stamina," Rondo said.

Later he added, "I’m just listening to my body. If my body told me I was 100 percent, I’d be playing now. I’m not."

Asked what percentage he might peg himself at right now, Rondo hesitated to assign a number there as well.

"I’m going to stay away from numbers tonight," Rondo said. "I just want to practice. I just want to get as much practice time as possible. I haven’t practiced in 12 months. I just want to get back in the rhythm and flow of things, get my timing back.

I know Rondo's thinking about Rose and Kobe in the back of his mind. I would be if I was coming back from a major injury like Rondo. The return of Rondo is an ongoing story, will see what happens next.

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Reply paul
8:08 AM on December 23, 2013 
I think he's not talking about tanking, though who knows. I think he means exactly what he said - I've had one practice. All I know is that I have a long way to go.
Reply jlil89
5:19 PM on December 23, 2013 
I would be devastated if Rajon hurt himself again like Kobe or Rose. Take all the time you need #9 to get to 110%.
Reply NeCsFan
1:06 AM on December 24, 2013 
jlil89 says...
I would be devastated if Rajon hurt himself again like Kobe or Rose. Take all the time you need #9 to get to 110%.

I second that motion! I'm all for waiting aka suffering as long as Rondo comes back as healthy as possible.