WALTHAM — Six weeks after his gruesome elbow injury in Game 3 of the Miami series, Rajon Rondo was in the practice facility running the treadmill with strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo. He’s still a ways removed from serious action on the court, however.
“He’s not 100 percent yet,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. “He’s probably about four weeks away from playing basketball full speed. But he can do some training and conditioning right now.”
A handful of players have dropped in throughout the offseason. Allen and Pierce have both been in, as well as Jermaine O’Neal, who opted not to surgery on the left wrist he injured in the first round of the playoffs.
“It’s not like our generation where you got out of shape and used camp to get back into shape,” Rivers said. “I think it’s changed that way, they know their body better.”
The looming lockout may also have something to do with it, Rivers said. If the league doesn’t reach an agreement by the end of the month, players won’t be able to use the team’s facilities.
“I think a lot of guys are kind of rushing their treatment because of that July 1 date, and after that treatment goes away,” Rivers said. “So that may have a little bit to do with it.