Rajon Rondo is riding out the lockout in Kentucky, taking classes toward his degree and staying in shape.
We’re interested because the last time we really saw Rondo his elbow was bending in a way elbows just should not bend. He played through it in the playoffs, but Rondo wasn’t right.
He tells the Boston Herald he is good now. Pretty much. He’s in shape and has been playing basketball since August. But there are still questions.
“I was playing pickup, and I reached in trying to get a steal and my arm got stuck,” he said. “I kind of got a shock from the feeling, but I’m fine. I’ve been going back to Boston every month to meet with the doctor, and he tells me what to do.
“The elbow is fine now. It hasn’t given me any problems, but I also haven’t been in a lot of basketball situations yet.”
There are two parts for athletes recovering from any major surgery, be it elbow or knee or big toe. First is the physical healing. But the second is the mental hurdle of really trusting it again — playing without the fear of re-injury in the back of your mind.
Sounds like Rondo is though the first part and on the second, steps he can only take by playing in some high level games. Which is not really going to happen until the lockout ends. But when it does, we expect Rondo to be Rondo.
Rajon Rondo was back on a basketball court being swarmed by defenders Tuesday.
It wasn’t exactly the same as the last time we saw him — this time it was the public court at Malcolm X Park in Boston and the defenders were kids who use the park, swarming around their Celtic hero. Last season Red Bull donated $500 for every steal Rondo made to refurbish courts at parks in the city. Rondo’s thefts generated $76,500.
Tuesday he was out for a dedication and talked about a few issues with A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Starting with his elbow, which suffered a gruesome injury in the playoff series against the Heat.
“I had a check-up today (Tuesday),” Rondo said. “It’s getting there. It’s still a little swollen, but other than that, no problem. I’ll continue to work on it.”
Rondo added that he’s able to fully extend the arm now, “so right now I’m fine.” He added, “I can play a little bit. Not too much contact. I did three push-ups today. I’m starting back to working out.”
That’s good news. The question is come the fall will Rondo and his elbow be in Boston getting ready for the season or in Kentucky, where he will re-enroll and work towards his degree (and workout with the Wildcats team) if the lockout drags out and games are missed. Like you and me, Rondo isn’t sure how it will all break out, but he’s not optimistic.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Rondo said. “I obviously can’t speak too much on it. It’s quiet right now. So [I] don’t know.”
At least we know Boston youth are getting to play on a nice new court thanks in part to Rondo.
As you would expect, Rajon Rondo is going to have an MRI on his left elbow after his injury Saturday night.
And as you would expect, he is going to play in Game 4 regardless of what the MRI says.
That’s basically the story from coach Doc Rivers of Celtics practice Sunday, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England (via twitter).
Doc on Rondo’s elbow: “It hurts, and obviously it was far more painful today in some ways; a lot of swelling. That was expected.”
Both Shaquille O’Neal — who had swelling as well despite moving at the pace of a lumbering elephant all game — and Rondo will have tests but both are epected to go in Game 4.
Rondo is clearly the more serious situation. He was inspirational playing with one arm basically in the fourth quarter. But Miami will play better in Game 4 and the Celtics are going to need more production out of the point guard spot if they are going to head back to Miami for Game 5 tied.
What Rondo can give them remains to be seen.