Rajon Rondo has emphasized his desire to work himself into premium basketball shape before returning to the court. Following the Celtics’ loss to the Indiana Pacers Sunday, Rondo said his comeback date will be determined by how well he responds to ramped-up practices.
The second-most important focus as Rondo returns from knee surgery is getting accustomed to his new teammates. Since Rondo last played, Jan. 25 at Atlanta, the Celtics have undergone a major transformation. Only five players who participated in that double-overtime loss to the Hawks remain on the roster.