You ever read one of those quotes and wish you were there? This statement could come off in so many different ways.
Forward Luol Deng hasn't had to take any time off from practice to rest
his right leg. A stress fracture in his shin kept him out for the final
29 games last season.
"It is a little sore, but I've been able to do pretty
much full speed," Deng said Tuesday. "It's not just going to happen
overnight. Talking to the doctors and people who have had this injury
in the past, it will be slow."
I say I wish I heard this quote, because I find many people, myself included, are natural hedgers to what they say. A "pretty much" really just mean "yes". I'm hoping that's the case here, but his follow up certainly implies there is some work to be done.
So the good news is that Deng hasn't missed any time with the injury. The bad news is the leg is still a little sore and clearly isn't 100% yet. If it was 100% then there wouldn't be a ways to go. He'd be there already. That's what 100% means.
I understand the leg might be weak muscularly still, so I suppose there could be muscle soreness, but I would think that would extend to both legs. I doubt Luol was doing one legged squats to build up his other leg while this one healed, and his physical therapist would be working on balancing out his strength since was able to work the legs anyway.
I've been fortunate to not have any serious injuries, but I know with the minor injuries I've had that I didn't consider myself fully recovered until I felt the same as I did prior to the injury and that doesn't seem to be the case here. Am I overreacting? Yes. Am I concerned at least a little? Yes.
I'm very hopeful for Luol whom I feel is primed for a big year if healthy, but he'd be the first one to tell you that his health won't be proven until we see it on the court. Until that moment where I see him play and look good athletically, I'm going to be nervous. Hopefully, that feeling of unease is taken away two days from now.