Blazers news: Rodney Hood sends first message since tearing Achilles, undergoing surgery
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Blazers’ Rodney Hood sends first message since tearing Achilles, undergoing surgery

Rodney Hood

Portland Trail Blazers wing Rodney Hood may be down for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, but he sent out his first message in the wake of surgery Wednesday, letting all fans and supporters know that, “I know I’m built to get through this,” before closing out his message on an uplifting note.

Hood sustained a torn left Achilles tendon during Friday’s game versus the Los Angeles Lakers. The fact that surgery has not only already been performed, but that it has been successful, bodes well as it pertains to Hood’s journey through the comeback trail. He figures to miss well into next season due to the ailment, but a return at some point in 2020-21 cannot be ruled out.

His season concludes having averaged 11 points per game on a new career-high 50.6 percent shooting from the field overall. He especially shot the ball well from long range, knocking down 49.3 percent of the shots that he took from deep. He started all 21 games that he appeared in, the first time that he has done so in a season since 2015-16 while with the Utah Jazz.

The drastic loss of Hood is not the first time that the Portland franchise has been faced with injury adversity in 2019. Many will remember March’s gruesome compound tibia and fibula fracture for center Jusuf Nurkic, which has kept him sidelined ever since. While the two injuries are drastically different, the Blazers have banded together in the wake of both.

Moving forward, both Hood and Nurkic figure to remain major pieces of the puzzle for Portland on the other side of their ailments.