Trail Blazers’ Zach Collins cleared to return to full basketball activities

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Portland Trail Blazers’ Zach Collins who missed almost the entire 2019-2020 season has been given a “final clean bill of health.”

After undergoing shoulder surgery, Collins has been given the green light by his doctor to resume full basketball activities, according to Joe Freeman of The Oregonian.

That means he will be able to go through group workouts and scrimmages when teams can finally do so.

Collins described that his rehabilitation wasn’t hard, but it was “long and boring.”

“When my doc came in and said my shoulder feels like a normal shoulder, that I was good to go, it was like a weight was lifted,” Collins said. “I tell people all the time that he whole rehab process isn’t difficult. It’s just very long and boring. The worst part is not being on the road with the team, not being around them every day, feeling disconnected. It’s weird. Odd. So, mentally, it’s a big struggle. I’m just super excited to be back and know that I can do everything again.”

The Trail Blazers have some ground to make up in hopes of making the playoffs, as they are 3.5 games out of the eight spot in the Western Conference.

With Jusuf Nurkic also expected back next month, the Trail Blazers will be close to full strength for the NBA’s return-to-play.

“We’re healthy,” Collins said. “Well, we’re not fully healthy — we don’t have Rodney (Hood) — but we have Nurk and me and a lot of guys that had to step up and play more minutes than expected during the season. Put all that together, combined with guys coming back and the time off and everybody’s body being ready and recovered, and I think we have as good a shot as anyone.”

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