Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, formerly of the Kentucky Wildcats, surprised the media last night after a preseason basketball game to discuss the rehab on his ACL injury. It was the first such
You can view video of the nearly eight minute press conference at the Celtics website.
“I’m feeling great,” Rondo said about his knee. “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.”
When asked as to an exact date for return, all Rondo could say was that he would like to return in 2013.
“I got fitted for my first brace, so I don’t think contact will be too far from now,” Rondo added. “So I’m just waiting to get cleared from my doctors.”
Rondo did say, sarcastically, that his knee was “87 percent, give or take.”
Essentially, it comes down to being 100% in in a Celtics game.
“I’m taking it one week at a time,” Rondo said. “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.”
To put it simply, if he is not able to jump off the right leg and dunk, he won’t play.
“When I get back out there I want to go full speed and I don’t want any limitations,” Rondo said. “So that’s when I’ll return, is when I’m able to do that.”
Rondo’s case is not the same as Rose. Rose missed the entire season and playoffs following his ACL injury even though he was cleared to play in March.