Edmund Sumner has returned to the gym in recent weeks – after his honeymoon in Bora Bora, a part of French Polynesia in the South Pacific. He’s been doing things other players have been doing, working on his handle, defense, and shot, but he’s also been finishing his rehab from a torn Achilles tendon that has kept him away for the past year.
On Thursday, he posted on Twitter an update this coach was happy about…
It looks like “up and down” is trending five to five. When Sumner was signed in early July (to a partially secured deal), Burton said that while the 26-year-old impressed the nets with his explosion during his June practice, he didn’t go full speed after five days. five.
For Sumner, who played four seasons with Pacers, was another landmark on the way back. As he told Chris Carino in his book, “The sound of the window” Podcast this week, he suffered a number of injuries including an ACL tear and chronic knee pain while at Xavier as well as a torn Achilles in a pre-season workout a year ago. He was even carried off the floor at a Cincinnati school after falling on his head, an injury that seemed worse than it was. His path to the NBA also included a family tragedy, the death of his older brother in February 2018 during the junior season.
“I try to be positive about things,” Sumner told Carino who asked him if he was as positive about things as it seemed. But that doesn’t mean he was easy to deal with injuries. He specifically mentioned the ACL injury that occurred in his final year at Xavier When he was averaging 15 points per game and looking forward to NBA Draft.
“I didn’t know anything about the injury,” he said, noting that he initially thought he had broken his foot. “It was tough. Even though my NBA dream was over. I didn’t know what it would be like. I relied on my sport especially in college. At the time, I hadn’t really worked on my shot.”
So, Sumner worked on his game during rehab and was placed 52nd in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Pelicans who sold his rights to the Pacers. He spent the entirety of 2017-18 on a two-leg deal, but with rehab, he played only 14 games for Fort Wayne and one for Indiana State.
By September 2021, he had a new contract and was poised to jump after averaging 7.5 points in a mostly reserve role while doing a 53/40/82 shooting split, combining his open-court game with a deep new shooting skill.
Then, a week before his boot camp, his Achilles tendon ruptured, putting him out for a year.
“The injury caught me.” He said.
“I’m playing well. I know the opportunity is coming up for this season. And then it’s a week before training camp. I was just doing a practice run. It was just a little quick break. Someone threw it forward and a quick break pass and I was just doing one dribble. She tore her Achilles tendon.”
A second time, he was concerned about his 40-inch vertical loss but came back again after recovery and rehabilitation including dozens of 90-minute sessions in a hyperbaric chamber, as recommended by his surgeon, Dr. Martin O’Malley, and also a Nets foot and ankle specialist. who had had Kevin Durant’s Achilles surgery two years earlier.
He described the long rehab period as “a little bit better, a little better, a little better, a big leap, a little better, a little better, a little better, a big leap.”
Carreno noted his own experiences with FSHD, a form of muscular dystrophy, saying that those who have had to overcome multiple physical problems know they can succeed because they have had it before.
Not long after he tore up his Achilles, Sumner was ironically traded, as it turns out, with the Nets in a paycheck dump, and the Nets ceded the 2025s rounder and rights to Juan Pablo Follett. Four days later, the Nets released Sumner and returned to rehab. By February, he was back in diving and by early June, he was back in Brooklyn for the exercise that led to him signing his deal on July 5.
“I was excited to see how Kevin came back from his injury and became one of the best players in the world,” Sumner noted, explaining that he chose Dr. O’Malley because he had surgery on his Achilles tendon.
“That was the reason I went to him,” Sumner said of O’Malley. “I was like, ‘Who did the surgery? I need to go to this person! “I need to do it right.”
Now that he’s satisfied, what can Nets fans expect from Sumner? The only thing, he said, is the ability to play multiple positions, not just on the wing. Sumner specifically mentioned the point guard as a possibility.
“I came from college where I played goalkeeper. I’m the dominant ball! When I got to the NBA… the Pacers took me to point two. It was a crowded place at this point and I wanted to play. I was ‘whatever, I got the height. I could I play 2. “”
Sumner also said he has put “such an emphasis on the defensive end” that he can switch and play against all comers. He cited some goals as well, with his free throw percentage reaching 90 after hitting 82 per cent in 2020-21, and an improvement in his mid-range game.
“I feel like I can do a lot of things, play ball, if you want me to play multiple positions. Guard multiple positions,” he told Carino. “I feel like I can be a jack of all trades.”