Rajon Rondo was seen in the Celtics team shootaround before last night’s game against the Detroit Pistons. This was a sight to behold for many Boston Celtics fans and, really, the NBA in general.
Barely two months ago, Rajon Rondo partially tore his ACL against the Atlanta Hawks. Normally, players aren’t really cleared to run drills of any sort. Seeing Rondo on the floor–in his warmups at that–was a very pleasant surprise. Take a look at the video below courtesy of Chris Foresburg of ESPN Boston:
Of course, Rondo isn’t anywhere close to playing. But seeing him on the floor has to be a very refreshing and relieving feeling for everyone in the Boston Celtic’s organization. It shows that he’s on schedule–maybe even a little ahead of time.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if he was cleared for contact within the next six to eight months. He should definitely be ready by season’s beginning next year. Dr. James Andrew’s is known to have athletes way ahead of the natural recovery schedule. And on top of that, Rondo is tough as nails.
Adding onto the good news, Gary Washburn is reporting that Kevin Garnett may be able to play on Sunday. He said that Doc Rivers said Garnett’s ankle was getting better. This comes with perfect timing as the playoffs are right around the corner.
Things are looking good for the Boston Celtics in the near future and for next season.