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Hawks’ John Collins no longer has pain in his ankle

John Collins, Hawks

Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins no longer feels any pain in the injured left ankle that has kept him from making his season debut.

“He is progressing along nicely. He has got another appointment with the doctors, I think (it’s) on the 4th (of November). So we’re hopeful there that we’ll see that the ligament will be back to 100 percent, and then we can really start getting him going on the court,” said Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk as a guest on 92.9 Atlanta The Game (h/t Kevin Chouinard of Hawks.com).

“The biggest thing, as you guys know, is that he hasn’t done anything now in over a month really or about a month now, so it’s just going to be getting his conditioning back. But he’s progressing. He doesn’t have the pain in there any more. And we’ll get him to the doctor here at the end of this week and hopefully we’ll get the all clear and start ramping him back up to full speed.”

The second-year power forward out of Wake Forest is expected to make a giant leap this season with no one to rival him for the starting spot of this roster.

Collins put up an encouraging 10.5 points on 56.7 percent shooting from the floor, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks through 74 games last season (26 starts).

John Collins is expected to remain out for another week at the very least until he’s incorporated into the fold and has the proper conditioning to rejoin his teammates in practice.