Rip City was abuzz nearly a month ago when Damian Lillard revealed that center Jusuf Nurkic participated in a "full speed, contact, up and down" practice.
"He looked good to me," Lillard added.
However, as Nurkic was ramping up basketball activity ahead of a return to the NBA court, Nurkic suffered a right calf strain in practice, which Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts had described as a "setback" in media availability before a home game against the Utah Jazz on February 1st.
Tuesday, Stotts joined Dan Sheldon and Nigel Burton on Rip City Mornings for Trail Blazers Tuesdays and gave an update on Nurkic's recovery from the calf strain.
Well, we wait for the staff to clear him that's always [the protocol], the medical people always take precedent and when they [clear him] it'll be a gradual process back into it as always. It's been over a week since we left Portland so we'll see how he's feeling when we get back. But it's always the same procedure coming back; the medical staff gives their opinion of what he can do and ramp it up to where he was before he hurt his calf.
Although, Nurkic cannot undergo full contact, full speed practices as he had been before the setback, he's still at the practice facility, often rehabbing.
"He's there every day. It's not like he hangs out at home and just says 'okay I'm ready now,'" said Stotts. "You know he comes in and just because he's not on the court he's getting treatment, he's in the weight room...doing cardiovascular weight training, he's doing everything except on the basketball court doing basketball activities."
Hopefully, Nurkic's recovery progresses as planned and he can return to the court soon.
You can listen to the full interview here.