Originally written on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 9/30/13
WALTHAM, MA — Eight months after tearing his ACL, Celtics All-Star Rajon Rondo was still unsure when he would return to the floor at Celtics 2013 Media Day Monday. After catching a football from Jordan Crawford and making his way to the podium, Rondo refused to commit to a timeframe for a return and pointed to Derrick Rose as precedent. “When I’m mentally ready, I’ll play,” Rondo told reporters. “A lot of people gave Derrick Rose a lot of heat about not playing, or whatever the case may be. This injury isn’t easy.” The biggest issue for Rondo, like Rose, is being comfortable with the knee being strong on the court. “It’s more mental when you come back, and you get around 10 to 11 months, it’s just feeling confident.” That is especially true for players like Rondo and Rose who rely on their athleticism for effectiveness. Although Rondo is not as aerially explosive as Rose, the torque Rondo puts on his stop-and-go moves typically exert more force on the knee than landing. But Rondo still
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