Stevens: Rondo Jan. 17 return 'news to me'

Stevens: Rondo Jan. 17 return 'news to me'
January 10, 2014, 9:45 pm
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For nearly a year, Rajon Rondo the superstar has become Rajon Rondo the spectator, biding his time as the torn right ACL injury he suffered on Jan. 25 heals.

He can see his return to the basketball court on the horizon, telling reporters on Friday in San Francisco that he'll be back on the courts for the Celtics before the All-Star break.

But until then, he still has to work through the worst part of his injury - not being able to play.

"I don't even like to watch the game anymore," he told reporters. "It's frustrating. It's like being a coach. You see things out there that you can't help. It's only a matter of what you can do from a vocal standpoint on the sidelines."

His return date has been a hot topic of discussion.

Yahoo Sports! reported that Rondo is targeting Boston's Jan. 17 matchup at home against the Los Angeles Lakers for his season debut.

"News to me" was how Celtics head coach Brad Stevens responded when told about the reported Jan. 17 target date.

"I have not heard that from him or from anybody who would have that information," Stevens said.

Stevens added, "we never talked about a specific date. I haven't heard from our organization that a date was targeted."

When he does return, most agree the Celtics will be a significantly better team.

"He's a great player. And he's certainly a difference maker," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson told reporters on Friday. "He has a body of work in this league. Coming back healthy and whole will certainly improve that basketball team. Obviously you can see them in the playoff hunt. If he plays like the Rondo we've come accustomed to seeing, (Boston) could be a dangerous team. We've seen him carry teams."