Meyers Leonard has returned to the Blazers after undergoing successful surgery earlier this month to repair a dislocated left shoulder.
Leonard joined his teammates at their practice in Los Angeles and was reportedly happy to be back with the team. He was already in L.A. for his surgery and plans to fly back to Portland with the team after Game 2 of the Blazers' first round series against the Clippers.
The Oregonian's Mike Richman interviewed Leonard about his recovery. They discussed several topics including the initial aftermath of the surgery:
The first two days I was pretty much laid up. Overall with pain I'm fine. I stopped all pain medication cold turkey after the fourth day. I didn't want to be on pain meds. Other than that, on the fifth day I went with (Blazers director of player health and performance Chris) Stackpole, because he was down here, I went with him and did a bike workout.
His upcoming rehabilitation plans:
Rehab will start to pick up once I get the sling off. Slowly get a little range of motion back and then you get almost all your range of motion back. Then you get the weights and bands.
And his disappointment with missing the playoffs after making a major splash last year in the team's first round series against the Grizzlies:
I essentially kind of made a name for myself in the playoffs last year... To not play in the what your ultimate goal is every year it's tough. But, you know, I'll be there to cheer them on. I know they'll do well. We are going to surprise people.
Leonard also spoke with CSNNW's Jason Quick about his eagerness to be around his teammates again.
Leonard averaged 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in 61 games for the Blazers this year. He will be a restricted free agent this summer, but will miss the next 6-8 months as he recovers from surgery.