The Portland Trail Blazers lost Rodney Hood to an Achilles tear last December. Now, Hood says he’ll be “ready to go” whenever the next NBA season starts in an interview last week with Drew Kerekes of the Meridian Star, the newspaper in his hometown Meridian, Mississippi.
“I feel good,” Hood said. “I’m almost nine months in, and I’ll be ready to go for next season. I feel good about my progress so far.”
Obviously it will take him some time to get back fully into “game shape,” but after watching Jusuf Nurkić’s return it’s safe to say the Blazers won’t rush Hood back.
Hood mentioned he hasn’t really struggled with the idea of being himself on the basketball court again.
“That’s been the easy part for me, not thinking about it,” Hood said. “Obviously it’s going to take time. Even when I come back it’s going to take time for me to get back to being myself, but I miss basketball. I miss being out there, so I’m just trying to do everything possible to get back out there.”
Hood went down against the LA Lakers suddenly on Dec. 6, 2019. He missed the rest of the Blazers regular season, and he didn’t play in the Orlando bubble.
Check out the full interview here.
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