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Rodney Hood Injury Update

Rehab is moving along nicely

New Orleans Pelicans v Portland Trail Blazers
PORTLAND, OREGON - FEBRUARY 21: Rodney Hood #5 and Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers look on prior to the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans during their game at Moda Center on February 21, 2020 in Portland, Oregon.
Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Former Blue Devil Rodney Hood is facing the greatest crisis of his NBA career: he blew out his left Achilles tendon in early December.

As you probably know, that’s a very serious injury for anyone and particularly an athlete, not least of all someone who participates in a physical, run/jump sport like basketball. DeMarcus Cousins injured his a while back and was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers in February and has yet to find a new team.

The injuries aren’t the same of course and never are between two people (or even two Achilles on the same person). For one thing, Cousins weighs 270 while Hood checks in at a much lighter 208.

He’s actively rehabbing and you’d think a relatively lean build and low weight would work in his favor. Perhaps so: he’s hoping to return to the Trailblazers in time for training camp. For an Achilles injury, that’s really good.