Trail Blazers wing Rodney Hood returned to the court on Sunday for the first time since he suffered an Achilles tear last December. Against the Kings, Hood recorded two points and four assists over 12 minutes of action.
After the game, The Oregonian’s Aaron Fentress captured Hood’s comments on his return. In regards to the speed of the game, Hood acknowledged that the action felt a little quick when he first clocked in.
“The first couple of minutes was a little fast for me,” Hood said. “Had to get the pace down a little bit. There was a couple of shots I wish I could have gotten back. Hesitating. But after the first few minutes, it felt good to get up and down. It’s the first scrimmage-like thing that I’ve done. It’s been a year, so I just can’t be too hard on myself. But it was good to get out there today.”
Outside of the game speed, Hood explained that he feels good after a long injury rehabilitation. Along with comments about his individual game, Hood touched on the Blazers’ overall chances for the season ahead.
“We feel like we’re right there,” he said. “I think we do a good job of not worrying about the other teams in the league and what’s going on and all the chatter. But we play with a chip on our shoulder. We’re kind of always the underdog coming into the season. … Hopefully we stay healthy this year.”
The Blazers return to action on Wednesday to face the Nuggets in their third preseason outing.