Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, and Brandon Roy are all coming back form injuries this season.
Roy is perhaps the most compelling story. He actually retired at one point from the Portland Tail Blazers because of his bad knees. But he is trying to come back with the Minnesota Timberwolves this season.
”This is the best I’ve felt in a long time,” Roy said Thursday. ”The reason why I say that is I’m able to improve. I’m able to come in the gym and work on my game and get better. Where I felt that the last couple years in Portland I was just doing my best to maintain.
”That’s the biggest thing I’m excited about is I’m in the gym, I’m working hard and coach has to tell me to stop playing instead of me saying, ‘OK that’s enough. I’m feeling my knees.”’
Roy sat out last season and his knees felt good enough for him to attempt this comeback. Before the bad knees, he was one of the NBA‘s rising stars in Portland. Roy, along with newcomers Andre Kirilenko and Chase Budinger gives the young and talented T-Wolves some veterans to lead young stars like Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love.
In Chicago, Derrick Rose says he is able to jump for the first time since he went down in the first round of last year’s playoffs with a blown left knee. He is rehabbing five days a week to get back this season with the Chicago Bulls. The target date is to get back by the All-Star Break.
”His body is looking amazing, his core and everything,” his older brother Reggie said. ”Right now, he’s running a little bit. He’s shooting. I know one of the major things he’s going to have to have is his cardio.”
In Los Angeles, Dwight Howard will not be available for the Lakers first pre-season game. It is not known when he will be able to play after his back surgery, which cut his season short a year ago. He says he has had no set backs in his rehab. He should be 100% by the start of the regular season.
Blake Griffin had arthroscopic knee surgery in July. Recovery time was said to be eight weeks. The injury kept him out of the Summer Olympic Games in London but he will be back for the Los Angeles Clippers pre-season.