NBA Rumor: Alec Burks Injury

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“I feel so much better,” Burks told The Tribune on Wednesday. “I’ve had a great summer, and playing at UCLA was the first time that I thought to myself that I’m back and ready to play like my old self.” Burks’ ongoing saga with injuries is almost three years old. It began in 2014, with an injured shoulder that required season-ending surgery. He recovered by training camp of the next year, and was playing some of the best basketball of his career.
5 years ago via ESPN

Tim MacMahon: Jazz wing Alec Burks is nearing his season debut after recovering from ankle surgery, as he returned to practice this week. The return of the explosive Burks, 25, who has been sidetracked by several injuries since averaging 14 points per game in 2013-14, will present a welcome challenge for coach Quin Snyder. He must figure out how to split playing time between Burks and Joe Ingles, who leads the league in 3-point percentage (.478) and has been a key reserve all season.

The biggest surprise of the media session was the word about Alec Burks’ health. Burks had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and ankle on June 7, but was “expected to be ready prior to the start of 2016-17 Jazz training camp,” according to the team at that time. Now, though, Burks is still limited in practice. Here’s the full quote from head coach Snyder on where Burks’ health currently stands: “He’s making really good progress. We’re doing the same thing with Alec that we did with Dante. I think Dennis had a really good way of putting it, ‘We’re going to focus on the next 12 years over the next 12 months.’ It’s true with Alec. We just want to get him where he’s comfortable and confident, and now’s the right time to do that. He’s going through everything that we’re doing except he’s not involved in contact stuff. I feel like he’s getting more comfortable. And it’s going to be the same thing where he’s going to have to dust it off and get his timing back and get his habits back. But really everybody’s in the same place with the habits.”

Burks has been participating in some on-court activities during “controlled practices.” Meanwhile, Jazz continue testing Burks’ body — “everything from his balance to asymmetry in his legs. Is one stronger than the other?” “There’s a point where it’s not wise for him to go out until he’s hitting some watermarks,” Snyder said. “The progression includes everything from shooting, lifting, jumping, cutting, to playing one-on-one, playing three-on-three and he’s at a point where he’s much further along in the process, but we can’t say he’s there or that he’s going to be ready for Phoenix [on Sunday]. That’s basically the process that we’re in the middle of and it’s been ongoing since our doctors said his ankle’s healed, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s cleared to play.”
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