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Rajon Rondo to be cleared for contact drills soon?

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Rajon Rondo may miss the start of the season.   (USATSI)
Rajon Rondo could be getting closer. (USATSI)
Rajon Rondocould be back on the court sooner than later.

Via the Boston Herald, Rondo spoke with reporters after the Celtics' 107-97 win over the Nets on Wednesday, and said he's getting closer.

“I'm getting fitted for my first brace, and I don't think contact will be too far from there,”Rondo said. “I just have to get cleared by my doctors. I know it's getting stronger each week. When I'm able to jump off my right leg and dunk, that's probably when I'll be ready to play.

“Feeling great, working out every day. I'm doing more as far as compound workouts. I'm doing one workout a day, so I'm doing more as far as working on my leg. It's getting better each day.”

Coach Brad Stevens said in September that it's unlikely Rondo would be ready to start the regular season, so don't start getting your hopes up that high. But a return well before Christmas seems to be within reason.

But when he returns, Rondo wants to be himself. He doesn't want restrictions or limitations. And if he can't play like himself, he'll just wait until he can.

“No. If they want me to ease into it, OK. But I want to get back out there and go full speed. I don't want any limitations,” he said. “I'll know when it's right. Everybody is different. Lot of people have ACL injuries. But I won't come back until I know I'm myself again.”

 
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