Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will not rush back into action as he continues to rehab from ACL surgery.
The talented ball handler refused to be drawn when asked for a return date, but said he remains "confident".
He has a meeting planned with Dr. James Andrew sometime in mid-December, after which he'll have a clearer idea of when he's likely to step back onto the court.
"I'm confident, but like I said, I haven't practiced or anything so it's hard to say," Rondo told Celtics.com.
"One-on-one is different than actually going through picks, hitting the floor, playing five-on-five, getting back in transition, making quick moves without thinking about it. It's different, so I haven't done that yet."
The All-Star guard suffered the injury back in January, but he will return to a completely new look Celtics roster.
The team traded away superstars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets as it looked to rebuild with a focus on younger players.
At 27-years-old, Rondo is firmly in this group - despite speculation suggesting he could be traded.
Speaking during the Celtics morning shoot-around at practise on Tuesday, Rondo confirmed he plans to take things slow.
"It's a long process," said Rondo. "Some days are better than others, but I'm patient and I'm not going to rush."
After the Pierce-Garnett trade, many expected the Celtics to struggle but new head coach Brad Stevens has the team top of the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 10-13 record.
They slipped up last night though, going down 104-96 to the Nets in Brooklyn. Rondo's back-up, point guard Avery Bradley, top scored for the Celtics with 22 points.