It's been over a year since Rodney Hood suffered an Achilles tendon tear against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Now, with the 2020-21 NBA season weeks away and with a newly-signed contract with Portland in-hand, Hood is ready to return to the court.
After three members of the Trail Blazers organization tested positive for COVID-19, the franchise reopened the practice facility and held its first full practice Tuesday afternoon. It was Hood's first full action since suffering the injury on December 6th, 2019.
"I thought he looked good. I felt glad for him. It's been almost a year to the day since he got injured," explained Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. "He felt good out there. He went through the whole practice. I didn't see any drawbacks... You wouldn't have known that he's missed a year."
Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum echoed his coach's sentiment, saying he "looked good" and for Rodney, it'll be more a matter of trusting his body since all the skill is still there.
"Obviously, he'll get more comfortable since it was his first practice in over a year," said McCollum. "I think the biggest thing when coming off of injury... is the confidence.
"The skill is all there, it's just getting used to the movement. Being able to get hit. Being able to land awkwardly and then you get over the fear of re-injuring something. So I think he's going to go through that process.
"It'll be good to get through some more practices before we play on Friday but I thought he looked good. He looked comfortable... Offensively it'll be easy for him, defensively he'll just get used to movements and our shell of what we're doing."
In his shortened season last year, Hood averaged 11.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in just 21 games started and played.
Now, Hood's expected to come off the bench with an anticipated starting lineup of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum Robert Covington, Derrick Jones Jr., and Jusuf Nurkić.
The last time Hood came off the bench in Portland, he helped the Trail Blazers compete in the franchise's first Western Conference Finals since 2000.
Rip City will get its first look at Hood coming off the injury on Friday, December 11th when the Blazers host Sacramento in the first preseason game of the year at 7:30 p.m. PT here on NBC Sports Northwest.