Rajon Rondo's recovery from surgery on his torn ACL seems to be going as well as anybody could have hoped, as he's already returned to the bench and even shot around a bit with the Boston Celtics before their matchup with the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
Rondo shot a few free throws, all caught on tape to give Celtics fans false hope down the stretch that he might somehow make the most miraculous recovery from an ACL tear in the history of the NBA.
He told us today he was coming in, and it was good to have him back around. He's moving OK. Having gone through that experience, we sat and talked about a lot of the stuff you have to go through. . . . I don't care who you are, especially if you're on a team sport, I think these types of injuries are very lonely. Very hard. Because rehab is all by yourself with some stranger. And you're away from your team. Just brutal rehab. That's what it is.
Rondo has started to undergo rehab, he's back up and walking around, and he's even re-joined the Boston Celtics' bench. But, the usual recovery time for an injury of this sort is eight to 12 months, not the four or five months that would make Rondo ready to play for the playoffs.
That being said, Rondo is still aiming for a faster-than-ordinary comeback, looking to be the basketball version of Adrian Peterson next season.
On the happy side of that eight to 12 months, Rondo would be ready to go in mid-October, time enough to get in plenty of practice with the team and be ready for the start of next season.
It would be a shockingly fast turnaround, especially after watching Derrick Rose ease his way back into the game this season, but it's not out of the realm of possibility.