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Rodney Hood hurdles "mental gymnastics" in his return to the court

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December 6 marked exactly one year since Trail Blazers wing Rodney Hood tore his Achilles.  

As he sat down to talk with the local media over Zoom Wednesday, he gave an update on his health and his mental state after such a significant injury.

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“You’ve just got to ease your way back,” Hood said. “I feel like I’m in really good shape, but it's just certain things, certain movements. This is my first time playing five-on-five so it’s going to be a constant adjustment.”

First day went solid. Today went better than yesterday so just continue to build off that, but I’m not out there thinking about it, but when you have an injury like that your movement is different and you just think about things a little bit more, continue to work through it.

Rodney Hood

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Hood also mentioned that to start the season he will be on a minutes restriction “for a few games.” He wasn’t sure the total number of games that he’ll be limited in or the exact minutes he will play just yet to start the season.


In just 21 games played last season, Hood shot 50.6 percent from the floor and 49.3 percent from three to average 11.0 points per game along with 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 29.5 minutes of action.

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts is pleased that Hood is finally seeing scrimmage time. 

He got a little gassed today. This was the first time that he really got a chance to get up and down multiple times. But that was good for him.

Terry Stotts

Coach Stotts also added that, “all the mental gymnastics that you have to do along the way to get back to this point, I’m glad to see those guys get back,” when discussing Hood, Jusuf Nurkic, and Zach Collins’ rehab last season. 

Hood and the Blazers will see their first exhibition action Friday at 7:30 p.m. PT on the official network of the Blazers, NBCSNW.