TORONTO — It took a while, but CJ McCollum was finally able to make his return to the court prior to Portland’s 98-88 victory versus the Magic in Orlando after more than a month away dealing with injury and the birth of his first child.
In regard to the injury, a partially collapsed right lung suffered in a loss to the Celtics at Moda Center on December 4, McCollum had to remain inactive for 10 days, after which he was able to gradually ramp up his physical activity before being cleared for full contact.
“It’s been an interesting road,” said McCollum. “Having to go through the cardio aspect of it, obviously. Trying to workout, obviously you’ve got to rest first and do some breathing and things of that nature, kind of make sure everything is okay. Waiting for the lung to completely heal, getting images and then transitioning back while the team is playing and traveling.”
As for the birth, after months of anticipation and preparation, McCollum and his wife, Elise, had to wait around like all expectant parents until their first child, Jacobi James McCollum, decided to make his grand entrance into the world.
With his lung healed and his wife and newborn son safe, McCollum boarded a plane on Sunday, January 16 bound for Orlando with a game to be played the next day. But before suiting up for the first time in 18 games, McCollum had one…