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Rondo: "I'm patient and I'm not going to rush"

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At the team's shootaround before tonight's game against the Nets, Rajon Rondo talked to the media about his rehab and his eventual return.

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Here's Rondo in his own words:

Celtics Minute - December 10, 2013 (via bostonceltics)

And from last night's appearance on Fox Sports 1's Crowd Goes Wild:

Rajon Rondo drops by Crowd Goes Wild (via FOX Sports)

He's been cagey with a return date, but he mentioned this morning that he will be meeting with Dr. James Andrews sometime "this month," but preached patience with the process:

Rondo Discusses Rehab and Team's Growth

Rondo did say that he has not yet dunked a basketball, which was a huge hurdle for Derrick Rose, who also tore his ACL. It sounds as if the point guard still has a few critical steps to take before returning to the lineup, and he says he'll take his time in taking those steps.

"It's a long process," he said. "Some days are better than others, but I'm patient and I'm not going to rush."

More notably, Rondo compared the team to the Indiana Pacers, saying that because everybody's contributing, it's hard to scout Boston.  What will be interesting is how Rondo fits into the team's system when he actually does return.  For Doc, Rondo was more than just the primary ball handler; he made the majority of the on court decisions for the team and was the clear #1 the last two years.  Now, with the team sharing the ball, will Rondo be just another cog in the Green machine or will he return as what Charles Barley described "the engine that stirs the drink?" For what it's worth, it'll be the next topic in CelticsBlog's State of the Celtics series.  Stay tuned.