Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin underwent a CT Scan and MRI of the stress fracture of his left patella yesterday.
In addition to his continued strength and conditioning work, Griffin has been cleared to begin running on an AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill beginning today and is expected to begin running on a normal full-body weight treadmill next week.
Based on expected progression, Griffin is expected to be cleared for a return to basketball related activity in approximately three weeks.
Three weeks would be January 13. Figure he’ll need a steady routine of 5-on-5 practices and drills to get him fully prepared for a regular season NBA game.
For instance, Griffin takes shooting practice as part of his rehab, but the regimen is largely free throws and stationary shooting. “I can’t really jump when I shoot,” Griffin said. “I mean, I can jump when I shoot, but I don’t.” He’s close, and some days feels absolutely ready to resume full-contact workouts. But Griffin has also come to appreciate that his injury requires a full recovery before he can unleash his full fury on the basketball court.
For more, please check out my piece at ESPN Los Angeles on Griffin’s eagerness to get back on the court.