CJ McCollum has been here before.
The 6-4 guard in his eighth season out of Lehigh was playing the best basketball of his career when he suffered a small hairline fracture to the lateral cuneiform in his left foot in a win versus the Atlanta Hawks on January 16, and while the fracture didn’t require surgery, it kept McCollum in a walking boot for four weeks. Now out of the boot, McCollum has continued into the next stage of his rehabilitation, which includes ramping up workouts both in the weight room and on the court.
But between this being the third left foot fracture he’s endured in the last eight years — he suffered Jones’ fractures in the same foot during his season season at Lehigh and in training camp of his rookie season in Portland — and the need to build back up the muscles and tendons in his left leg after a month of immobility, McCollum and the Trail Blazers are taking a careful approach to his return.
So while it’s possible he’ll return to the court some time before the All-Star break — the team says he will be reevaluated on March 2 — it seems more likely that he’ll rejoin the the lineup once the team starts the second half of their 2021-20 regular season schedule, which begins with the Suns at the Moda Center on March 11.
Here’s what McCollum had to say about the…