Sep 30, 2013; Waltham, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) talks to reporters during media day at the Celtics Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics PG Rajon Rondo says conditioning biggest hurdle in return

Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo is going to be at some point this season, it’s just a matter of when.

Rondo, who is recovering from a torn ACL was supposed to meet with famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews during the first week of December, a meeting that was pushed back nearly two weeks.

In addition, team doctors had cleared Rondo for basketball related activities, but the All-Star still hasn’t seen game action and likely won’t until ‘mid-January to late-February’ according to

Speaking Sunday to a group of reporters after Boston’s 106-79 loss to Indiana, Rondo initially said a January return was not realistic. But then he said he could be back by “mid-January” to “late February” leaving plenty of wiggle room for when he might step back into the lineup.

Rondo cited his lack of conditioning as his biggest hurdle in a return. However, Rondo has been practicing and from all accounts looks quite healthy so it’s more likely the team is understandably being overly cautious with their franchise point – especially since winning isn’t exactly their biggest desire this season.

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