Redd set for return Monday
Bucks guard Michael Redd is set to return to the team on Monday for the first time since suffering a major knee injury on Jan. 10 of last season in Los Angeles.
Redd has been diligent in his rehabilitation while working out in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
It is expected Redd will join the Bucks when they return from the league all-star break on Monday, Bucks general manager John Hammond confirmed.
"Obviously he is ready to come back," Hammond said. "He will be in Milwaukee with us.
"Just as he did last off-season, he's worked so very hard to get himself in a position he can hopefully return. When he arrives in Milwaukee, he'll go through the next step in the process. He will continue to do his rehab.
"He will be on the floor with some individual work. From that point, then how soon can he progress to doing more basketball-related movements. And from that point, how soon can he progress to having an opportunity to actually practice. I would say he will go from 1-on-1 live to 2-on-2 live to 3-on-3 live and actually have a chance to go 5-on-5 live. And then progress to being on the floor with our team in a live practice situation."
Redd suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee when he drove the lane against the Lakers last January at the Staples Center.
It was the second straight year he had suffered a torn ACL and torn MCL in the same knee, after he was injured in a home game against Sacramento in January 2009.
"You know him, that he's not afraid to work," Hammond said. "He's proven that in his career. That's how you go from being a second-round pick to becoming an all-star to be playing for the U.S. Olympic team.
"Now he's put himself in a position to hopefully get back on the floor, which would be great for him and great for us."
Redd is in the final year of the six-year, $91 million contract he signed with the Bucks in the summer of 2005. He is making $18.3 million this season.
"One of the reasons he's worked so hard to get back is he believes he can still play and get back to the level," Skiles said. "Nowadays, there's no reason he can't.
"The medical side of it, the things they've discovered about rehab and how to go about it, many guys come back and are fine. Now he's done it twice. I suddenly wouldn't rule against him looking good.
"But other than being supportive and hoping he can come back, I can't think about it very much. It's just not anything that's on the radar."
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel