Rajon Rondo's recovery from sports hernia surgery officially lasted one month.
Rondo, who was tentatively scheduled to make his Pelicans debut on Nov. 17 after missing one month to recover from sports hernia surgery, was cleared to play "up to six minutes" in Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
A 12-year point guard, Rondo entered in Monday's first quarter and scored his first bucket in fewer than 10 seconds of making his debut appearance for New Orleans. Rondo played five minutes in the opening quarter, adding two assists and two points.
Rondo missed all 13 of the Pelicans' games this season following core muscle surgery on Oct. 10. He was originally slated to miss 4-6 weeks following surgery, but returned after being sidelined for one month, the best-case scenario for New Orleans' injury-stricken roster.
Alexis Ajinca (right knee), Omer Asik (illness), Solomon Hill (torn hamstring), Frank Jackson (right foot) and Tony Allen (left knee inflammation) all were absent for Monday's game against Atlanta.