Portland Trail Blazers’ shooting guard CJ McCollum is looking to get back on the court sooner rather than later, telling Jason Quick of the Athletic that he would like to be back next week. McCollum has been out since mid-January after fracturing his left foot in a matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.
“If I was a betting man, I would bet on next week, but I can’t bet on sports,” McCollum told The Athletic on Sunday.
“Friday’s workout went well; how I expected it to go,” McCollum said. “I’ll be back soon, as long as everything continues to go the way it’s been going.”
McCollum has been careful because it is the third time he has broken his left foot, but he is ready to ramp up his training.
“I needed to see how my foot would respond to contact,” McCollum said “People assume you get cleared and just go back to playing, not realizing I couldn’t run for seven weeks. Conditioning comes from playing. I can’t just run on the treadmill or bike and simulate the force you put through your foot and body.”
While McCollum was reticent to target a precise timeline, it is enough to give Rip City hope.
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