Rajon Rondo has said that his knee is getting stronger as he continues his recovery from a ligament tear.
The Boston Celtics point guard, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament earlier this year, is hoping to be ready for the start of the NBA season next week.
The 27-year-old told reporters: "I'm feeling great. Working out every day. I'm able to do more as far as compound workouts versus me just doing one workout a day. So I'm doing more on my leg and I'm able to handle it. I'm getting better. It's getting stronger each day.
"I got fitted for my first brace, so I don't think contact will be too far from now. So I'm just waiting to get cleared from my doctors. I'm taking it one week at a time. I know it's getting stronger each week and whenever I'm able to jump off my right leg and probably dunk, that's when I'll be back to play.
"It's going to be hard to tell me to [ease into it]. When I get back out there I want to go full speed and I don't want any limitations. So that's when I'll return, is when I'm able to do that."
The Celtics face the Toronto Raptors in their regular season opener next Wednesday.