Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Powe on Schedule for February Return

Lisa DeJong, PD

By Rick Noland

The Chronicle-Telegram

CLEVELAND — Slowly but surely, Leon Powe is making his way back from serious knee surgery.

The Cavaliers power forward has begun full-speed running and cutting and is playing one-on-one with assistant coach Melvin Hunt, putting him on pace to meet his goal of returning to action soon after the Feb. 14 NBA All-Star Game.

“I can do all my moves,” Powe said Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena prior to a game against the Houston Rockets. “I just want my finishing moves to be a little more powerful. It’s getting there. Each week, it’s a little better.”

Powe underwent an MRI in Boston in mid-December and his left knee was found to be structurally sound, but there is no target date for him to return to practice.

“We’re trying to get everything right before I go out there,” the 6-foot-8, 240-pounder said. “Once you go out and practice, there’s pretty much no turning back.”

If Powe can make it back by mid-February and round into top form for the playoffs, he could give the Cavaliers a bruising presence under the basket.

That would allow coach Mike Brown the luxury of choosing between the 25-year-old, J.J. Hickson and Anderson Varejao at power forward, but those types of decisions are still a ways away.

“I’m moving and running and doing all types of stuff,” Powe said. “I’m trying to get my in-game situations down.

“It’s frustrating, because I’m a competitor. I want to be out there helping my team.”


Anonymous said...

Im glad leon is doing well. Hopefully the Cavs give him a chance to play unlike the Celtics did.

Trane said...

Powe on schedule

When the Cavs return from their Western road trip, they can look forward to seeing forward Leon Powe on the court.

Powe has been rehabbing a knee from surgery after last year's playoffs. He said he is right on schedule.

The plan is for him to begin playing one-on-one in team practices


Anonymous said...


Cant wait for Leon to make his return to the court. The Cavs took a chance on him recovering properly, and I'm sure Leon will remember this for the rest of his career. The Celtics left him high and dry after he gave 110% to them... and I can't wait to see Leon tear it up against them in the playoffs. Give Ainge nightmares on what could have been.

Good Luck Mr Powe... keep doing what you're doing man... there are so few big men in the league these days that actually play like real big men. Afraid of contact and jacking up 3's instead of getting down and dirty inside. You're the man!

Maroussia said...

It will be great to watch NBA All Star Game, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.