Rajon Rondo is inching closer to a return with the Boston Celtics.
A Yahoo! report says that return date is now January 17, a Friday home game against the Lakers.
The point guard, who is recovering from a torn ACL, spoke to the media on Friday afternoon before the C's play the Golden State Warriors, where he told them that he expects to play before the NBA's All-Star Break, which starts on Feb. 14. He wouldn't get into specific dates, however.
"I feel 10 times better than the first time," Rondo said about full-contact practice with the C's. "I feel more confident and stronger, more explosive. So what I'm doing in the weight room is productive."
Rondo, who also said he has not had any swelling in his knee since the surgery, has been icing his knee every chance he gets.
"That's my best friend," he joked. "I ice every day, pretty much all day . . . I feel good, there's no after-the-next-day pain or anything like that. It's just a matter of me getting my wind."