Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison , whose past season ended in March after he underwent core muscle surgery, said that he's 100 percent recovered and feels his healthiest in years, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.
"This injury was something I had since my Indiana years," Collison said. "This is going back three or four years ago. My doctor said I should have had surgery back then, but I just happened to have it [last March]. I've actually been playing hurt the last three years, I just didn't know it."
Collison was one of the Kings' more acclaimed offseason acquisitions heading into last season, and although he was able to record a career-best 16.1 points per game on a respectable 47.3 percent shooting mark, the injury limited him to just 45 games. With Collison justifiably optimistic about his health outlook following the surgery, he'll again be positioned to play a key role for the team, though he's more likely to see time off the ball following the Kings' signing of point guard Rajon Rondo .
Collison has previous experience playing the two-guard spot during his time alongside Chris Paul in Los Angeles and has a capable shot from three-point range, so he seems capable of making the adjustment. However, the move to shooting guard likely hurts him from a fantasy perspective, as last season's average of 5.6 assists per game are almost certain to take a hit with Rondo now assuming most of the ball-handling duties.
Collision has been out for the past month after suffering the injury Feb. 5 against the Mavericks. He is averaging 16.1 points and 5.6 assists in 45 games this season.
Collison, who has a hip injury, will be re-evaluted in two-to-three weeks following a surgical procedure on a core muscle this Tuesday, the Kings announced on Thursday. Collison, who's been listed as having a a hip injury, suffered the injury against the Mavericks on Feb. 5 and has not played in a game since.
Collison is meeting with Dr. William Meyers on Monday at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia on Monday for a consultation before undergoing surgery the next day.
Collison has averaged 16.1 points and 5.6 assists in 45 games this season.
A previous report indicated that Collison's season could be in jeopardy as a result of the injury.
Although a final decision has not been made, the
The Kings have been without Collison since Feb. 7 due to a strained right hip flexor. He traveled to Los Angeles on Tuesday to see a specialist, and the team has yet to reveal the results of his testing. Collison played 45 games for Sacramento, averaging 16.1 points and 5.6 assists. Guard Ray McCallum has been inserted into the starting lineup during Collison's absence.
It will be the seventh straight game Collison has missed because of a hip injury. Guard Ray McCallum Jr. has seen his minutes increase with Collison sidelined.
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