There appears to be a bit of confusion on the Brandon Jennings recovery front.
Just one day after NBA.com’s David Aldridge cited an unnamed source claiming Jennings was”not close” to being cleared, Jennings has, in fact, reportedly been cleared by doctors to return to full basketball activities.
Jennings, who suffered a full rupture of his left Achilles tendon this past January, initially tweeted out a predicted six-to-nine month recovery period shortly following the injury. However, a return to full basketball activity does not mean a return to NBA action is imminent. Those with knowledge of Jennings’ recovery still believe he may not be NBA-ready until late November or early December at the earliest.
Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy recently stated his belief that Jennings’ return would likely not come until mid- to late December. There remains no word as to whether Jennings’ clearance has altered Van Gundy’s outlook in this regard.
According to Aldridge’s report on Monday, Jennings was still only running and shooting on 60 percent of his body weight. Jennings’ reported clearance for full activity would seem to suggest 100 percent weight-bearing activities may soon be in the picture but even then, as Aldridge asserted, the Pistons will will be continuously monitoring his ability to shoot, cut, and jump off his left leg as he slowly works his way back into team activities.
With training camp slated to open next Tuesday, we may soon develop a better feel for exactly where Jennings stands in the recovery process.