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Report: Decision on return to Celtics up to Rajon Rondo

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Rajon Rondo might be nearing a return for the Celtics. (USATSI)
Rajon Rondo might be nearing a return for the Celtics. (USATSI)

The Celtics could be getting a big boost soon.

According to the Boston Globe, it is Rajon Rondo's decision as to when to return to full practice and he has apparently been medically cleared. Coach Brad Stevens told reporters Monday that Rondo did "some practice" with the Celtics.

Rondo has been recovering from a torn ACL and while there have been no apparent setbacks, he's right at the limits of his original timetable. Of course, every player is different and you don't rush this sort of thing, particularly when you're the Celtics and you're not exactly in contention for anything.

Speaking in early October, Rondo said he was eager to return and would as soon as he got the go-ahead.

"I just have to get cleared by my doctors," he said. "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."

But Rondo also said in October he doesn't want to ease back into things. When he plays, he wants to play like himself, with no restrictions.

"No. If they want me to ease into it, OK. But I want to get back out there and go full speed," he said. "I don't want any limitations. '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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