NBA News & Rumors: Khris Middleton Eyeing a Late-Season Return to Milwaukee
Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Khris Middleton is reportedly planning to return to active duty late this season as he begins his endeavor to recover from a serious hamstring injury he suffered in September.
Middleton, 25, tore his left hamstring off the bone while in a scrimmage with his teammates during training camp in the recent offseason. He went through surgery to reattach the muscle to his bone and was then ruled out for six months.
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Should everything goes according to plan, he can be back to playing competitive basketball by March next year, which would be in time for a final playoff push for the Bucks if ever.
At the moment, Middleton has already taken the basketball court in practices as he was given the green light by team doctors to participate in "limited basketball-related activities", as per ESPN.
"I've been doing some shooting; I'm just trying to get back into a little shooting form," said Middleton. "I'm doing a lot of mid-range shooting, maybe with one or two dribbles. I'm just trying to move around. Nothing strenuous."
There are rumors that Middleton is most likely going to sit out the entire season because of the severity of his injury, but the four-year pro is confident that he can shorten his rehab timeline to just before the playoffs.
However, Middleton acknowledged that he has "a lot of work in front of him" to get back to 100 percent health, admitting that he is not sure of the exact time when he will be allowed to return to action, the Woelfel's Press Box reported.
"Nah, I don't know. Not yet," Middleton said when asked about his date of return, although he is optimistic that he could come back sometime this season.
"I think I'll be back at some point this season. When? I just don't know yet," he added.
Middleton was Bucks head coach Jason Kidd's starter at the two-guard position. Right now, Kidd has slid Giannis Antetokounmpo to the shooting guard spot with Matthew Dellavedova as the point guard.