BOSTON -- Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, out for the season with a torn right ACL, took the court for some light shooting before his teammates hosted the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
Rondo took some free throws and performed light shooting while wearing a bulky brace. After surprising the team by dropping in for the first time during Friday's win over the Hawks, Rondo appeared at both shootaround and Wednesday's game.
"It was great just having him around [at Wednesday's shootaround]," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "He put his brace on and he just watched shootaround, but then he walked out -- or limped out -- on the floor and did whatever he did. But it’s just good just having him around. It’s good for him, too, probably."
Playfully asked if Rondo can dunk yet, Rivers quipped, "Not yet. It’s coming. That’s next."
Rondo tore his ACL on Jan. 25 in Atlanta. He had surgery in February and spent the initial phase of his rehab at the Florida facility of Dr. James Andrews. Rondo returned to the area last week and has quickly immersed himself in team activities. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has stressed optimism that Rondo will be ready for the start of training camp later this year.
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