Michael Redd may return later this week

Posted by on January 8th, 6:27 pm

PHOENIX — Phoenix Suns guard Michael Redd is making enough progress with his surgically repaired left knee and conditioning that Alvin Gentry expects him to return to action as early as Thursday or Friday.

“I think he’s almost to the point where we can stick him in a game and play him a few minutes and kind of let him get acclimated to what we’re doing,” Gentry said. “We’ll have to stick him out there and kind of see where he is.”

Gentry said to expect Redd to play only about 10 minutes or so but the coach prefers to get him some burn to see his progress in game action even if he’s not exactly ready to play 30 minutes a night.

Redd said he feels “great, no pain, no setbacks at all. The training staff has been working with me night and day. I just continue to get stronger, continue to get better, and I feel good.”

He also said it’s “encouraging” that Gentry expects him to be back to game action later this week.

Quotable

Redd on playing with Nash: “Oh my gosh, it’s a dream man, it’s a shooter’s dream to play with a guy like that. His vision is impeccable, and the man just knows how to play the game. Playing against him I had a great respect for him, playing with him now you can see why he’s so great.”

Redd on the Suns’ training staff: “They’ve been phenomenal. They’ve told me things about my body I haven’t heard my whole career. They’re a special group here. My body has already changed in a week as far as some of the correctives they’ve had me do, and no pain in my knees, no swelling, getting stronger. It’s been going well so far.”

Redd on Milwaukee’s 23-year losing streak in Phoenix: “We never thought about it at all when I came here. It was a new year, a new time. Teams changes, players change, so we always came in thinking we were going to win but never did. I told the guys the other night I got my first win here in 12 years when we beat Portland. I don’t know what it is. When I played with Milwaukee we had success in Milwaukee against the Suns but not here. I don’t know if it’s the warm weather or what.”

Michael Schwartz founded ValleyoftheSuns in October 2008 and is the owner/editor emeritus of the site. He is currently working toward his MBA in sports business at San Diego State University.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Darius Fessahazion // Jan 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Any thoughts on why the suns did not go after Gilbert Arenas. Did he want more then the veteran min??

  • 2 Scott // Jan 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    @Darius -

    Well, the AZ gun carry laws are probably more favorable for Arenas, but I think the concern was that he would add neither scoring nor defense, nor would he add stability to the locker room.

    Furthermore, I don’t think Arenas wanted to come to Phoenix, as he doesn’t see the Suns as contending for a title.

    I’d looked into the possibility of the Suns taking Arenas if he got amnesty, but concluded it probably wasn’t the best move. From what I’ve read, he’s just not the player he used to be.

  • 3 Jay // Jan 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    No team wants a convicted felon on their team. Arenas is done.

  • 4 B. Cray Z. // Jan 9, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Suns need a shooting guard?

    Get LB back.

    Nash & Bastbosa know each other’s every move.

    MUST reunite that killer bench unit. Let’s go SUNS!!!!

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