Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins is reportedly no longer experiencing pain in his injured left ankle that caused him to delay making his season debut.
“He is progressing along nicely. He has got another appointment with the doctors, I think (it’s) on the 4th (of November). So we’re hopeful there that we’ll see that the ligament will be back to 100 percent, and then we can really start getting him going on the court,” Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said, during an appearance on 92.9 Atlanta The Game (h/t Kevin Chouinard of Hawks.com).
“The biggest thing, as you guys know, is that he hasn’t done anything now in over a month really or about a month now, so it’s just going to be getting his conditioning back. But he’s progressing. He doesn’t have the pain in there any more. And we’ll get him to the doctor here at the end of this week and hopefully we’ll get the all clear and start ramping him back up to full speed.”
Collins returning to the lineup is a big boost for the Hawks, as he looks to build off a promising 2017-2018 campaign.
Hawks’ Vince Carter Won’t Enter Slam Dunk Contest
While NBA fans are pushing for it, Atlanta Hawks veteran guard, and former Slam Dunk Champion, Vince Carter will not be entering this season’s Slam Dunk Content during the NBA All-Star weekend festivities.
“I don’t think about doing it,” Carter said, during an appearance on The Ringer’s “Winging It”podcast (h/t John Chick of TheScore). “We all … go back and talk about the dunk contest from 2000 and what it did for people and where you were and all of that, and I know what it did for me. So I feel like to taint it, 18-19 years later, why?”
Carter had one of the most legendary performances in the Slam Dunk competition back in 2000, in which he put on an absolute display en route to winning the contest.
“I think if I step on the court for someone to see a dunk, the first thing you’re going to think about is 2000,” Carter continued. “And you’re gonna compare that to 18-19 years later. And that’s just too much time in between. What that did for me then, I don’t ever want to tarnish it. And I feel like going out there, I’m just trying to relive something that should be left alone. Just like when we think some of our classic movies, like let’s not reboot or remake, let’s just leave it alone.”
Age is likely the reason Carter would opt to stay out.
“(In 2000) it didn’t matter, I could dunk fresh off the bus, off the plane,” Carter said. “Now, meh, not so much.”
Hawks’ John Collins To Miss Several More Weeks
Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins is expected to miss several more weeks of action due to a nagging ankle injury, with a projected return to the court slated for early November, according to Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Collins has missed the first three games of the regular season and he underwent a non-surgical procedure, categorized as an injection, earlier this month, but it has not helped him return to the court.
Collins was named to the All-Rookie second team last season, and is one of the Hawks’ building blocks of the future.
Hawks Sign Thomas Robinson to Non-Guaranteed Deal
Robinson last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2016-2017 regular season, averaging 5.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, and last played professional basketball for Khimki of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague.
Robinson will battle Omari Spellman and Alex Poythress for playing time, and a roster spot during training camp.
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