New Portland Trail Blazers forward Jared Jeffries wasted no time establishing himself as a wealth of thoughtful knowledge and advice at Monday's Media Day.
He flashed a funny streak, too, teasing teammate J.J. Hickson for wearing an arm sleeve for his annual photo.
"It's pretty cool you have an armband on for Media Day," he shouted across the room, sending everyone listening, including Hickson, into laughter. "Cool. Good idea."
"On like the third day, it felt like a brand new leg," he told Blazersedge proudly. "My knee feels good. [Last year], my right knee was just meniscus wear and tear, cartilage wear and tear. I had some injections done this summer. I feel good right now. Hopefully it continues to get better and feel the way it does. If it does, I feel good about this year."
The full procedure, which he said was "good" and "fun," took nearly a week to unfold but never required anesthesia.
"You're not out for it," he explained. "You go over there the first day, they draw your blood, they break it down. You go back that afternoon, about eight hours later, and they do the first injection in your knee. Then you're there for six days and every day you go in, injections, acupuncture."
He says that he felt the impact almost immediately. He was able to move freely and perform basketball tasks that he would have had "no chance" doing a month or two earlier. He plans to participate in training camp without limitation.
The biggest difference, he noted, was the reduction of swelling that used to occur following workouts.
"Just anything," Jeffries said of the night-and-day difference following the treatment. "Walking with no pain, no swelling. Everything. The stability in it. The biggest thing is that it's not swelling. When your knees swell, your leg shuts down, your quad shuts down. Having no swelling in your knee, you feel totally better."
A brand new leg to go with a brand new team.
"I expected it," Jeffries said of the trade that landed him in Portland along with picks and cash in exchange for Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas. "My agent and I had talked about it. Was I comfortable coming out here? Did I want to come out here?I was. One thing about the NBA that I truly love is new experiences. That's the best thing about this job."
Note: More coming from Jeffries later Friday or this weekend.
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