The Denver Nugget website posted an article this morning offering us Nugget fans an update on four key players returning from injury.
“These dudes are unbelievable,” Hess said. “They’re all busting their butts. They just want to be back on the court.”
Gallinari, Hickson, McGee and Robinson have followed their respective rehabilitation programs to the letter. For one to two weeks every month, they work directly with Hess, athletic trainer Dan Shimensky, assistant strength-and-conditioning coach Felipe Eichenberger and physical therapist Mike Keirns at Pepsi Center.
“They’re not taking any shortcuts,” Hess said.
“You have a basic plan you want to implement, and they’ve all been sticking to the games plans. They’re doing extremely well, exactly where we want them.”
All four injured players are targeting a return sometime during training camp, the preseason or early in the regular season. Hess and the Nuggets, however, are not putting a timetable on their recovery.
“In my opinion, they’re progressing really, really well,” Hess said. “I can see the progression. They’re amazing. But I don’t know what the end schedule is or where they’re at. Within the realm of what they’re doing, they’re ahead of schedule.
“Does that guarantee they’ll be back for training camp? I don’t know. The organization is incredibly supportive of making sure they’re healthy before they come back.”
Okay, so no “real definitive” updates were given in the Nuggets website story.
It is still nice to hear that, what realistically could be 4/5 of our second unit, no one is suffering any setbacks. I figure at the beginning of the season, Chandler may get first unit minutes while Gallo re-adapts to the NBA game. I also figure Mozgov will be given every opportunity to keep the starting center job in October. I firmly believe the Nuggets want to see JaVale McGee take the job away from him though.
During the Las Vegas Summer League finale, Coach Brian Shaw was a guest on the commentary team and openly said (I’m paraphrasing here because I can’t get my NBA League Pass to load the game) “With a team with no true superstar, I have the ability to truly move players minutes around to whatever the team needs“.
With that in mind, I still don’t see how JJ Hickson fits? With Faried/Arthur at the 4 and McGee/Mozgov at the 5, I cannot see JJ Hickson embracing a role of less than 10 minutes per game.