To say that the Memphis Grizzlies were ravaged by injuries during the 2015-2016 season would be an understatement. Nonetheless, the franchise still managed to reach the postseason in what was a watered-down Western Conference while Memphis was swept in the first-round by the San Antonio Spurs.
Fortunately, things appear to be looking up for the injury-riddled Grizzlies.
Marc Gasol, who broke his foot last February and was forced to undergo surgery, has been cleared for full-court activities and the big man appears to be feeling much better.
“I feel really good, lots of energy,” said Gasol, via NBA.com. “Obviously I miss the game a lot. I want to play. I want to compete, and the one thing on my mind is to win, and try to lead this group of guys to the championship. That’s the only thing that I care about, knowing that my body is able to do that, and I’m confident.”
Mike Conley is back on track, too.
Conley missed a huge chunk of last year with Achilles tendinitis, and after going through extensive summer rehab, he is fully healed and ready to take the court again.
“Right now I’m at 100 percent,” said Conley. “The Achilles is feeling great. I’m just trying to get the body back in shape.”
Memphis also signed forward Chandler Parsons, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in late March. He is participating in limited activities and will be reevaluated weekly.
In addition, Brandan Wright (sprained MCL) is back at full strength after summer rehab, Jarell Martin (foot soreness) is good to go, Deyonta Davis (plantar fasciitis) is limited and will be reevaluated weekly and Jordan Adams (knee surgery) is in the midst of rehab with no timetable for a return.