Rajon Rondo said heíll be returning this season, but the All-Star Celtics point guard who is recovering from knee surgery said he just doesnít know when exactly.
ďWhenever Iím able to jump off my right leg and probably dunk, thatís when I think Iíll be back to play,Ē Rondo said after the Celtics closed out their preseason Wednesday with a 101-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden, giving Boston a 2-6 preseason record.
Rondo tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in January and had surgery the next month.
He is not expected to play when the Celtics open their regular season Oct. 30 against the Raptors in Toronto, and there has been speculation that Rondo might not play until December or later.
Rondo is still not allowed to do contact drills, but he said he just got fitted for his first brace, ďso I donít think contact will be too far from now. Iím just waiting to get cleared by my doctor.Ē
He said his right leg is at about 87 percent, ďgive or take, depending on how my day goes.Ē
But Rondo, as he has said before, reiterated that he wants to be his old self when he returns.
ďIf they want me to ease into it -- itís going to be hard to tell me to ease into something,Ē he said. ďOnce I get back out there, I want to go full speed. I donít want any limitation. Thatís when Iíll return, when Iím able to do that.
And when will he know when heís ready?
ďIíll know when itís right,Ē he said. ďEverybody is different, each injury is differentÖ For me, when I come back, I wonít come back unless I know Iím myself again.Ē