Memphis Grizzlies back-up forward Darrell Arthur was interviewed yesterday afternoon in regards to his rehab progress. Arthur, who tore his ACL just before the beginning of the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 season just inked a three-year extension this summer. He is scheduled to be ready for training camp at the beginning of October.
Arthur has seen no major setbacks in his recovery so far and this interview is just a further suggestion that fans are getting closer and closer to seeing their energetic back-up power forward in action. Arthur said that he's 75% ready and that in terms of progress, he's began sprinting and light jumping again to improve his conditioning. He has yet to step on the court with the team, however.
Mentally, he feels confident – which is sometimes half the battle when it comes to ACL injuries. The fact that the Grizzlies took care of his extension rather quickly probably helped this cause. If he can feel confident in his knee through-out the rest of this process, it'll significantly improve his ability to perform. In fact, while the doctors may be telling him one thing, he feels he's a step above their prescription. The next steps for Arthur are jumping and changing direction.
Fans probably won't get a chance to see the Arthur they were used to seeing in the 2010-2011 season, when he posted career high's in minutes, points and blocks, for at least a little while. The chances of him being as "in-shape" as he would have been if he were healthy are slim to none. However, considering the resiliency we've seen from him throughout his basketball career, it's easy to bet that he'll make a full recovery at some point… and then some.
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