Rondo would embrace camping with Claws
"I think that’s what [the D-League is] for," Rondo told reporters in Chicago (video HERE) before the Celtics visited the Bulls. "I’d probably be the first guy to do that, but it doesn’t make a difference. I want to make sure I’m healthy and I handle it the right way. I don't want my first [game-like action] to be with the Celtics. I haven't had a preseason. I haven't had a training camp. Right now, this is pretty much my training camp."
Rondo added, "It’s an idea, definitely. That’s more game-like speed. With our schedule, with the Celtics, we don’t get a chance to play a lot of pickup, so [the Red Claws] might be a possibility."
With Rondo preparing to travel out west with the Celtics on a five-game road trip starting Sunday in Oklahoma City, it's unclear when Rondo might join Maine for practice and/or game reps.
"You just never know," said Rondo. "I might pop up and just play. [Reporters] won’t get the memo. You’ll have to catch me on YouTube or something. But I don’t know. It’ll be like an overnight decision."
Rondo said that he's making progress, but that he wants to be confident in his knee when he returns to ensure no setbacks. He is nearing a year removed from when he tore the ACL (Jan. 25), and a little less than 11 months removed from surgery (Feb. 12).
Rondo said he's still working on his conditioning and endurance, but suggested that he's getting "pretty close" to a return. He won't be rushed through the process, however.
"It’s frustrating, it’s rough," said Rondo. "There's a lot of things that you have to go through, but it’s how you handle it. I’ve gone through a lot of adversity, but I’m staying positive."
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