ROXBURY, Mass. -- Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo said he still has swelling in his injured left elbow, but noted he has full range of motion and doesn't expect it to be a major issue moving forward.
Rondo, appearing at a Red Bull event celebrating renovations at Malcolm X Park, admitted he can't participate in full-contact basketball activities quite yet, but is making progress.
"The elbow is getting better," said Rondo. "I got another check-up on it today. It's getting there. It's still a little swollen, [but] other than that, no problem."
Rondo added that he can engage in limited contact right now, but he's not pushing it. Then he quipped, "I think I did three push-ups today."
Asked if he was surprised he was able to return to the court after suffering the gruesome dislocation in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat in May, Rondo just shrugged and said the adrenaline propelled him.
A handful of other highlights from Rondo's visit on Tuesday:
* Asked when we could expect to see him back on the court Rondo joked "in about five minutes" referencing the dedication ceremony that was about to start at the park's lower court. Turning more serious, he admitted that there hadn't been a lot of positive talk between the players and owners lately about the lockout and said, from his perspective, "It's quiet right now."
* Rondo said Celtics players have been working out individually this summer with no plans yet for group workouts. He did say if the lockout lingers into the season, he expects the veterans to organize team activities.
* Glen Davis, spending much of his summer in the Boston area, dropped by simply to catch up with Rondo. When Mayor Menino spotted Davis, he asked Big Baby to join the photo op (hilarity ensued when Menino attempted to detail a fast-break situation with Davis and Rondo).
* Rondo confirmed what University of Kentucky coach John Calipari Tweeted last week and said he's planning on taking courses at the school during the lockout with the goal of working towards finishing his degree (Rondo had majored in Social Work, according to his Kentucky player bio). While Rondo left after just two years at the school, he suggested he had accumulated more than half of the credits necessary to get his degree thanks in part to hefty summer workloads and credits earned while still in high school.
The event Tuesday celebrated Rondo's "Boston's Got Wings" program, where Red Bull donated $500 for each of his steals during the 2010-11 season to refurbish courts overseen by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Joking that he played through a lot of injuries to run up his steal total, Rondo finished with 153 thefts this season for a total of $76,500.
Malcolm X Park's tiered courts were refurbished, backboards were repaired, and a sealcoat applied as part of that park's renovation. Thirteen area courts in total were refurbished, including the Back Bay Fens, Smith Playground, Ramsay Park, and Rogers Park.
Rondo also raised money for courts in his hometown of Louisville, Ky. and noted he was happy to give back both there and in his "second hometown" of Boston.