Rondo Surprises Media To Discuss Rehab

BOSTON – Surprise! Rajon Rondo gave us deep insight into his rehabilitation Wednesday night when he made an unexpected visit to the postgame podium.

Boston’s All-Star point guard tore his right anterior cruciate ligament nearly nine months ago and has been on the mend ever since. He still has plenty of hurdles to clear before he’s back in the lineup, but he seems to be pleased with where he’s at in the rehab process.

“I’m feeling great,” Rondo said, as his black backpack hung over his shoulders. “Working out every day. I’m able to do more as far as compound workouts versus me just doing one workout a day. So I’m doing more on my leg and I’m able to handle it. I’m getting better. It’s getting stronger each day.”

Rajon Rondo sits on the bench with his teammates

Rajon Rondo is inching closer and closer to joining his teammates in games.
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Rondo still doesn’t have a date circled on the calendar as his goal to return, though he facetiously said that he hopes he’ll be ready for the season opener on October 30. He continues to see signs every day that he is inching closer and closer to full clearance.

“I got fitted for my first brace, so I don’t think contact will be too far from now,” Rondo said. “So I’m just waiting to get cleared from my doctors.”

That clearance should be coming soon based on the next information that Rondo divulged. He stated, with a hint of sarcasm, that his reconstructed knee is at about “87 percent, give or take.”

The clues are all in front of us. Rondo has been fitted for a brace. He claims his knee is at nearly 90 percent. He surprisingly elected to speak to the media after a game he did not play in. The evidence tells us that one of the greatest point guards in the world can finally see the finish line.

Even if he does see the finish line, Rondo won't make the mistake of breaking into a sprint. Ask any track star or marathon runner and they’ll tell you that pushing the gas pedal down too quickly will result in a defeat.

Rondo doesn’t want to lose. He’s all about winning. That’s why he’s going to take these final steps as slowly as he needs to.

“I’m taking it one week at a time,” Rondo stated. “I know it’s getting stronger each week and whenever I’m able to jump off my right leg and probably dunk, that’s when I’ll be back to play.”

And when he’s back, will he have any restrictions?

“It’s going to be hard to tell me to [ease into it],” said Rondo. “When I get back out there I want to go full speed and I don’t want any limitations. So that’s when I’ll return, is when I’m able to do that.”

The question is, how long will that take? Derrick Rose also tore his ACL and was cleared by doctors to play basketball on March 9. His team played into the second round of last season’s playoffs, until May 15, yet Rose did not participate in a single game.

Rose, a former league MVP, let it be known that he was grappling with mental and physical chinks in his armor. He simply did not know the signs that would tell him to return to game action.

Rondo seems to be in a far different place than Rose was at that time. Boston’s point guard is confident that he’ll know for a fact when it’s time for him to hit floor again.

“I’ll know when it’s right,” he said definitively.

No return date is set, but maybe that’s how it should be.

Rondo surprised us tonight by making an appearance in the postgame press room. Maybe he also wants to surprise us when he’s announced in an NBA arena as the starting point guard of the Boston Celtics.