OAKLAND, Calif. – Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who has been sidelined all season while recovering from knee surgery, adamantly denied a Yahoo Sports report that, citing unnamed sources, stated that Rondo had targeted Jan. 17 as a possible return date.
The Celtics host the Los Angeles Lakers that day at TD Garden.
“I’m not sure where that came from,” Rondo said of the report Friday before the Celtics played the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena here. When asked if he had any targeted return date at all, Rondo said, “Honestly, I don’t.”
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said talk of any potential return date for Rondo was news to him. “I have not heard that from him or from anybody who would have that information,” Stevens said.
Said Stevens, “We never talked about a specific date. I haven’t heard from our organization that a date was targeted.”
Earlier Friday, before the team’s morning shootaround at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, Rondo said he plans to make his debut before the 2014 All-Star Break.
The Celtics’ final game before the break is Feb. 12, when they host the San Antonio Spurs at TD Garden. So it is reasonable to expect that the All-Star point guard will make his much-anticipated return at some point before that game.
“It may be this month, next month. It’ll be before All-Star Break,” Rondo said.