Throughout the offseason, it's become more and more evident that the Boston Celtics are preparing to start their new campaign without the face of their franchise, point guard Rajon Rondo. While Rondo will be around the team, he is not expected to return in time for training camp, and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge told reporters -- including A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Boston -- that he would be "shocked" if the All-Star is able to return from his torn right ACL injury to start the regular season.
Ainge admitted to reporters that while Rondo is back to where he needs to be mentally regarding the injury, he still "has a ways to go" physically.
"He seems to be in a really good place emotionally, mentally," Ainge said. "Now we just have to get the physical part done. He has a ways to go."