Anyone who’s had a major knee injury will tell you that half of the recovery process is mental. Alex Poythress looked good during Tuesday’s Blue/White scrimmage, but when he hit the floor during a fast break, I think everyone held their breath. Thankfully, he was fine and popped right back up. To Marcus Lee, that’s just another sign Alex is starting to “forget” about his injury.
“Alex is definitely a confident player right now. He’s getting used to injury no longer being there,” Lee told reporters this afternoon. “You can definitely see sometimes where he’ll forget he’s ever been injured and he’ll jump out of the gym like he usually does and after he does, he’ll kind of have like a surprised face like he forgot how powerful he really is.”
John Robic said that as Alex’s confidence in his knee grows, the old explosiveness we’re all used to is returning.
“I think it’s just as his confidence grows and sometimes not even thinking about it and just going and playing,” Robic said. “The big thing coach is telling him is he just has to trust it. But there are times where his explosiveness is there. You just forget how big he is, and having another bigger player on the court is really beneficial to us. He’ll get there. I couldn’t even give you a percentage of what he is right now, but it’s nice to see him do the things that he used to do.”
Hopefully it’s only a matter of time until he does this again:
That dunk will never get old.