Nov 23, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo leaves the court after defeating the Atlanta Hawks 94-87 at Philips Arena. The Celtics won 94-87. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics' Rajon Rondo says a return 'might be mid-January, late February'

Although earlier reports of Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo making his return to the court in January seemed a little premature, he hasn’t completely ruled it out, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England.

After initially telling reporters a January return was not realistic for his return, he later said that, “it might be mid-January, late February. I’m going to come back when the time is right and when I get my stamina.”

Rondo is still recovering from a partially torn ACL he injured last season.

According to Rondo, conditioning will be the key to a return.

“My endurance is key for me,” he told reporters after Boston’s 106-79 loss at Indiana on Sunday. “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. The worst thing for me is to not be in shape and have another injury. I want to make sure I’m in basketball condition shape.”

Before the injury last season, Rondo was averaging 13.7 points, 11.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.


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