OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Rajon Rondo says he hopes to make his season debut before the All-Star break. Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says he has never spoken to Rondo or anybody in the organization about a specific return date.
This much is clear: Rondo's return is inching closer.
Rondo, who has been out since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last January, told reporters at the team's morning shootaround Friday in San Francisco that he hopes to make his season debut before the break but declined to give a specific date. Boston's last game before the break is Feb. 12.
"It's just a feeling," Rondo told reporters. "I'll probably just wake up (one) morning and play."
Stevens said before the Celtics played at Golden State on Friday night that the decision for Rondo to return will not be made by him. Instead, the first-year Celtics coach said it will be solely up to team doctors and the point guard.
"It's not my call," Stevens said. "Obviously the trainers, No. 1, to be able to clear him to do certain things, to clear him to play games, to clear him to practice. That's their job, and they do that well.
"And it's about him feeling ready in a number of ways. I can't lose sleep over things I can't control personally. I'm more concerned about him being healthy. I want him to be fully ready to go mentally, emotionally and physically. And when that time is right, we'll plug him right in."