Several NBA players missed significant parts of last season because of injury. Here's a quick rundown of how some of them are doing with training camps set to begin next week for most teams:
Gilbert Arenas, Washington (knee): He's had three surgeries on his knee in a year and a half, but Arenas said he'll be ready for the start of training camp. Of course, he took things a step further by saying that had he continued to rehab in Washington, instead of working with trainer Tim Grover in Chicago, he wouldn't have made it back as fast.
Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee (back): The Bucks are taking it very slow with Bogut, saying it's uncertain how much he will be able to participate at the start of camp. The goal for Bogut, who missed 43 games last year, is to be ready for the regular-season opener. But Bogut told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel this week that he "still has a ways (to go)," and that the injury is something he's going to have to stay on top of for the remainder of his career.
Elton Brand, Philadelphia (shoulder): Brand worked out this offseason in L.A., and is scrimmaging now with no limitations. He says he's fully healthy for the start of camp.
Tyson Chandler, Charlotte (ankle): Chandler missed half of last season with an ankle injury. He has watched from the sidelines this week as teammates have begun scrimmaging, but that is said to be just a precaution. Chandler is supposed to be ready for training camp but may be limited a little.
Luol Deng, Chicago (leg): A stress fracture has kept Deng off the court since February, but he's targeted an Oct. 6 preseason game against Utah as his return date. Don't be surprised if that turns out to be too soon. Deng has been cautious with his rehab all offseason and elected not to play with Britain's national team this summer.
Mike Dunleavy, Indiana (knee): The news on Dunleavy is good. He's expected to participate in the Pacers' training camp from Day 1, despite coming off knee surgery that limited him to just 18 games a year ago. Dunleavy also had hip surgery in the offseason but he says that's no factor. Dunleavy acknowledged being "freaked out" earlier this week when he felt pain in the surgically repaired knee. But Dunleavy said that according to the team it was simply some breaking of adhesions that was to be expected.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics (knee): It has to be considered somewhat troubling that Garnett, who didn't play after February last season, still isn't participating in fullcourt scrimmaging. General manager Danny Ainge said the team doesn't have a timetable for Garnett and that they're proceeding week-to-week at this point.
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio (ankle): Ginobili missed half of last season with ankle issues, but he's maintained all summer he'd be back healthy for training camp. On Sept. 2, he announced to his Twitter followers that he had dunked for the first time in five months. Just before that, coach Gregg Popovich said he expected Ginobili to fine by training camp and that he "would be out of shape but healthy."
Josh Howard, Dallas (wrist, ankle): Howard has had both wrist and ankle surgery this offseason but hopes to return by the regular-season opener. However, there are questions as to whether he'll take part in all of Dallas' training camp from Day 1.
Al Jefferson, Minnesota (knee): Jefferson tore his ACL in February, but the hope is he'll be ready for the regular-season opener. However, Timberwolves assistant GM Rob Babcock cautioned a few weeks ago that it's possible Jefferson won't be back to 100 percent by that time.
Tracy McGrady, Houston (knee): McGrady had microfracture surgery on his knee last February, and the prognosis at the time was that he would likely miss a good chunk of 2009-10. But Rockets' general manager Darryl Morey visited McGrady three weeks ago in Chicago and said McGrady was "way, way ahead of schedule." That likely doesn't mean McGrady will be ready to go next week, but it sure seems safe to say it's possible he'll return in the first half of the season rather than the second half.
Michael Redd, Milwaukee (knee): Redd, who played in just 33 games last year after tearing a medial collateral ligament in his left knee, has gotten back onto the court but still hasn't done any fullcourt type of work He hopes to get his first contact in during training camp, but coach Scott Skiles acknowledged there may be times over the next several weeks where he'll have to back off on pushing Redd.
Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix (eye): Stoudemire, who suffered a detached retina last season, will be ready for training camp. But there is no doubt the injury he suffered was serious. Said Dr. Pravin Dugel, who performed Stoudemire's surgery, to the Arizona Republic: "This was more career-threatening. We came very close to having a lot of difficulty. With the traumatic detachment like he had and a lot of tears and scars in person this young, the risk of losing vision is very high." Dugel said there is slim chance Stoudemire could develop a cataract or scar tissue in the future.
Marvin Williams, Atlanta (back, wrist): Williams, who missed 21 games last season, is healthy. In fact, he waited until he was cleared medically to sign his extension this summer with the Hawks.
Yao Ming, Houston (foot): Yao broke his foot in last year's playoffs and is considered a longshot to play in 2009-10.
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