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"I’ve progressed far enough to where my doctor ok’d me to go without the boot as long as there’s no pain.”
Portland Trail Blazers rookie CJ McCollum, who is recovering from fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his left foot, has taken a pivotal step in his rehabilitation by completely removing the protective boot he’s worn since his non-surgical ultrasound procedure a month ago.
Prior, the Lehigh University product would only take his boot off for stationary bike riding, light weight lifting and pool work.
McCollum said he took the boot off for the final time on Friday due to not experiencing any discomfort for some time. When asked if taking the boot off last week is ahead of schedule, a huge grin popped up on the 6-3 guard’s face. Then he politely refused to comment on that.
“I haven’t had any checkups,” McCollum told CSNNW.com. “It’s just about my pain tolerance. I’ve progressed far enough to where my doctor ok’d me to go without the boot as long as there’s no pain.”
On Wednesday, McCollum will have an X-ray and have it sent to Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina, the doctor who performed his ultrasound. If his X-ray reveals no setbacks, McCollum said he’ll move on to the next phase of rehab, though he’s not quite sure what that entails.
His rehab assignments as of now consist of dynamic work such as full body lifting, which includes lunges and squats. On the court he’s doing some two-ball dribbling, finishing around the rim with right and left hand, form shooting and a few jump-shots.
The No. 10 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft won’t say much more regarding his status, but says he does like where he’s at right now.
“It’s definitely a good sign,” McCollum says of having his boot removed. “But there’s still more work to do. I don’t have a timetable of when I may return, but I’m working hard to get fully healthy mentally and physically as soon as possible.”