The Celtics are looking forward to the return of Kevin Garnett. And Garnett is progressing in his recovery from knee surgery, according to president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
“Kevin looks good, he’s in here working out every day,” Ainge said today from the team’s practice facility in Waltham. “He’s doing his training but he’s not playing fullcourt basketball, yet. We’re taking it as slow and as cautious as we can with him. He’s anxious and he has a ton of energy, but I think he gets it. We don’t have bodyguards on him to keep him from working too hard. He’s on the program with the staff. We don’t have timetables on this. We are going week to week and we’ll make a decision on where he is.”
Guard Rajon Rondo is especially anticipating Garnett’s return. Garnett played 57 games last season, sitting out the playoffs, then undergoing knee surgery.
“That was four assists a game,” Rondo joked of his alley-oop connection with Garnett.
Rondo said the Celtics “made a commitment to come in a little bit early, and pretty much everyone is doing it, so far.”
Asked if he was optimistic about an upcoming contract negotiation, Rondo replied: “Not really. I’m just playing it out, trying to get better every day.”
A league source said the Celtics plan to hold talks with Rondo before the start of training camp later this month. Rondo has one year and an option remaining on his contract.