When Chris Paul was healthy at the beginning of last season, he was all but unstoppable. In the month of November, Paul averaged 22.6 points, 9.9 assists, and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 58.4% from the field and 61.5% from beyond the arc. Even though the Hornets weren’t exactly lighting the league on fire during that stretch, that’s freaky, freaky stuff.
Paul’s run of absolute dominance ended when he sprained his ankle in November, then his season came to a screeching halt when he tore his meniscus in January. Now Paul is on the court and ready to start the season, but according to John Reid of the Times Picayune, there are some signs he won’t be at 100% to start the year:
New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul worked in practice Sunday with a brace off over his surgically repaired left knee.
During the portion of the practice open to the media, Paul took free throws and jump shots on an alternate court from his teammates as strength and core trainer Carlos Daniel and assistant trainer John Ishop observed.
Hornets Coach Monty Williams said Paul was getting used to the brace he’ll probably use throughout the regular season.
“We’re just trying to stay on top of anything that could be nagging,” Williams said. “It’s such a long season. When a guy is coming off a surgery, you want to be as cautious as you can to keep him from having any setbacks.”
Paul, who could not be reached for comment, missed 37 games last season after requiring arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee.
Hopefully the Hornets trainers are telling the truth and the knee brace is little more than an accessory, because a healthy Chris Paul is something to behold.