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Monday, 28 October 2013 06:33

Rajon Rondo "87 percent" recovered, will play this year

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Everyone knows just how much Rajon Rondo means to the Boston Celtics. He is the leader, the floor general, the aggressor, and as some speculate – the soon-to-be captain.

That is why this news is perhaps the best any Celtics fan has heard in awhile.

In a surprise press conference after the Celtics' 101-97 win over the Nets last Wednesday, Rondo told CLNS Radio he is “87 percent” recovered from his ACL injury.

"It's getting stronger. (The leg) is probably about 87 percent depending on how my day goes,” Rondo said.

The all-star point guard has been working diligently in an effort to recover, and assured the media at the conclusion of the preseason that he will make his way on the court sometime this season.

When prompted by the media of the possibility of being “eased back in” to the game, Rondo made himself clear.

“No. When I get back, I want to go full speed,” he said.

When asked about when he thinks that might be, he put it simply.

“Whenever I am able to jump off my right leg and dunk, that’s when I think I’ll be back to play,” Rondo said.

A small group of reporters were actually able to catch up with Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge at the team's annual Shamrock Gala, and Ainge had nothing but good things to say about Rondo’s recovery process.

"I think [Rondo is] doing great," said Ainge. "I think he’s working as hard as he can. I’ve been very proud of him of how he really wants to get out there and I think he wants to get out there, not for his own benefit, but he wants to really help the team. He sees how he’s missed and he just loves to play. He wants to get back for all the right reasons."

All in all things are looking very encouraging at this point in time for Rajon Rondo. The question now becomes, however, how good are the Celtics when Rondo comes back?

Nobody knows when exactly that will be. It looks as if we will just have to be patient in that regard.