NBA Rumor: Brandon Knight Injury

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Brandon Knight — the former McDonald’s All-American, two-time Florida Mr. Basketball and NBA All-Rookie First Team member — looks healthy once again. He’s no longer simply looking to resurrect his career, one repeatedly stymied by a multitude of injuries, and stick on a roster. He’s starting to turn heads. “I just try to be myself. I think I stood out just because people haven’t seen me, like the actual me, in over two years,” Knight told

Rockets guard Brandon Knight on Wednesday went through his first full-team practice since he tore the ACL in his left knee in March 2017 while with the Phoenix Suns. Knight did practice with the Suns’ summer league team in July before a follow-up surgery was needed. He played one game with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last week, with Wednesday’s practice in Salt Lake City the Rockets’ first since that game. “I feel like I’m nearing the end,” Knight said of the rehab process.

The Rockets’ long-awaited update Friday on guard Brandon Knight’s rehab of his left knee offered no timetable for his return, indicating only that he is working toward “NBA-ready level of strength and mobility.” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey had said on media day that Knight developed an infection in his left knee following an off-season procedure the Rockets described on Friday as “to accelerate recovery from his previous surgery year ago.” He had missed all of last season following ACL surgery, but returned to practice with the Suns’ summer league team only to need the follow-up procedure.

After missing all of last season due to injury, Brandon Knight is back and looking forward to becoming a leader for the Suns young core. The 26-year-old point guard used the time off the court as a learning experience to help build his leadership skills. “When you can’t play, you can’t affect the game on the court,” Knight said. “I just found other ways to try to help my teammates be better. Whether that be telling tidbits I saw when I observed. I just tried to be a veteran presence on our team and just lead through that.”

Knight said he’s in a better place than he was last season in part because of what he’s gone through. The difficult times – and the knee surgery – have changed his attitude. “I’m thankful for all of it because it’s taught me a lot. It’s helped me be stronger,” he said. “You go through what I did and then an injury like this, and you see basketball taken away from you for a full year, things like (being benched) become very trivial. That’s why I say I’m thankful for the things that have happened to me. “The injury changed my perspective. It’s given me a refreshing energy. It’s made me a better person and hopefully a better player and a better teammate.”

Suns guard Brandon Knight is nearing a return to the court after missing the past 20 games. Knight practiced in full for the first time on Tuesday, but Phoenix did not scrimmage five-on-five to let him get a complete sense of where he is as he works from his sports hernia injury. His status for Wednesday’s game against the Knicks at Talking Stick Resort Arena is still unknown. “Knowing when to pull back,” said Knight as he looks to become comfortable again. “Little things that irk it. Just trying to wait until your body tell you it’s ready to do certain things. And like I said that’s the biggest thing.”
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