Update: CSN NW’s Jason Quick reported that Meyers Leonard was cleared even earlier than planned, and was back at practice today for 3-on-3 sessions.
Guess Meyers Leonard is waaaay ahead of schedule in return from shoulder surgery. Oct. 8 was return date but he's in full practice today.— Jason Quick (@jwquick) September 27, 2016
Media Day is upon us Blazers fans and today one surprising bit of news popped up rather early. When Meyers Leonard took the podium, he announced that his doctor had cleared him for full 5-on-5 contact with no restrictions as early as October 8th.
Meyers Leonard should be good for 5-on-5 contact, no restrictions on October 8th.— David MacKay (@DavidMacKayNBA) September 26, 2016
Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery in his Los Angeles based office April 8th and the expected timeline for return was listed as 6-8 months. This would put Leonard on the earliest of early returns on the timeline.
One thing to highlight here is that this is coming from Leonard and his doctor. No mention of return from the Blazers’ staff or management have stepped in to confirm or deny Leonard’s timetable at this time however.
As for what Leonard has spent his time working on during his recovery, he mentioned one facet of his game in particular.
Meyers Leonard says he's working on his face up game in the post. Mentioned Dirk's fadeaway and Duncan's post shooting.— Mike Richman (@mikegrich) September 26, 2016
During his time, Leonard reflected on the past year quite a bit. Phrases like “blessed,” and “changed my life” were the theme. From turning down the initial contract offer last season of $40 million, the stresses of the injury, to the life changing financial changes from his new contract.
. @MeyersLeonard11 "It was the hardest year of my life... I come from nothing and turned down $40M."— Mila Mimica (@MilaMimica1) September 26, 2016
Blazer’s Edge’s David MacKay talked with Meyers Leonard at Media Day, and will provide more details later tonight.