MIAMI — Josh Richardson is learning the importance of patience.
Richardson has been out since suffering a partially torn MCL in his right knee in a voluntary workout on Sept. 9. The 23-year-old was hopeful that he would be able to return in time for Wednesday’s season opener against the Magic, but it’s looking less and less likely that will happen.
“A competitor always wants to jump right back out there,” Richardson said. “But I know it wouldn’t be smart to try to come back too early because then I might be out for longer.”
Richardson has been wearing a brace on his right knee for a few weeks and has yet to participate in contact drills during practice. He has been able to go through non-contact work, adding that he hasn’t felt any pain in the injured knee.
When will Richardson begin going through the contact portion of practice?
“They haven’t really told me,” Richardson said. “They’re just trying to get me back on the court working a little bit.”
This is all new for Richardson. It marks the first knee injury of his career.
At the start of his recovery, Richardson said he expected the injury to keep him out for six to eight weeks. He is now entering his seventh week of recovery and said Friday that he hopes his return is “not too far out.”
“It’s all good,” Richardson said of not being ready for the season opener. “I’m not one to really get depressed about stuff or upset about stuff. I’ll be back when I’m back. I’m not really getting down on myself or anything.”
Until he returns, Richardson said he’s living vicariously through his NBA2K video game character.
“I played pretty good,” said of his last game on NBA2K. “We got the win, that’s all that matters.”