Collins said in a recent interview that he's "on the right track" with his recovery from left shoulder surgery and noted that he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his rehab, Chris Burkhardt of NBC Sports Northwest reports. Before the NBA suspended its season March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Collins had been eyeing a potential return during the postseason. Because teams haven't been holding practices during the shutdown, Collins hasn't had the opportunity to test out his shoulder in full-contract drills on the court, but he's likely to do so at some point in May, when clubs are expected to reopen their facilities. If Collins checks out well during his initial workouts, he could be ready to contribute whenever the season resumes.
Coach Terry Stotts said Monday that while Collins (shoulder) has resumed on-court work, the big man is "not even close to being ready for a full practice," Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest reports. Collins has been sidelined since late October after requiring surgery to address a dislocated left shoulder, missing each of the Blazers' last 63 games before the NBA officially suspended its season Wednesday. Though commissioner Adam Silver confirmed Thursday that the league's hiatus is likely to last at least 30 days, Stotts' comment suggest that Collins may not be a lock to be ready to play if the NBA returns to action as early as mid-April. Since Collins was shut down following the Blazers' third game of the season, Carmelo Anthony has taken over as the club's starting power forward.
Collins (shoulder) said last week that he remains optimistic he'll be cleared to play shortly after being re-evaluated in early March, Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reports. "There's always going to be that feeling, that competitive itch, you always want to play," Collins said. "Not being able to play sucks, but I'm just trying to make the most of it. Hopefully, I get back out there soon." After claiming the Trail Blazers' starting power forward job out of the preseason, Collins lasted just three games before dislocating his left shoulder Oct. 27 and requiring surgery. Collins took a small step forward last week by doing limited shooting and dribbling drills for the first time in two and a half months, but he still has multiple hurdles in the recovery process to clear before a return to game action can be considered imminent. After cycling through Mario Hezonja and Nassir Little as replacements in the lineup for Collins, Portland ultimately signed Carmelo Anthony in late November to fill the void on the top unit.
Collins (shoulder) said Monday that it's "very realistic" he'll be able to play again this season, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports. After undergoing surgery Nov. 5 to repair his left labrum, Collins won't even be re-evaluated until early March before the Trail Blazers decide if he's fit to resume practicing. Collins apparently doesn't view the extended recovery timeline as a concern, though even if he meets his goal of making it back on the court in 2019-20, he likely wouldn't be available for more than a month's worth of games before the playoffs arrive, in a best-case scenario. Even if leagues that have one or two roster spots available for injured players, Collins' lengthy timetable probably doesn't make him a high-priority stash option.
Collins underwent surgery on his left labrum and will be re-evaluated in four months, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports. This puts Collins out at least until early March, though he'll likely remain sidelined even longer, depending on how fares in rehab. Anthony Tolliver and Mario Hezonja are expected to benefit with Collins out of the picture.
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