Frank Kaminsky is still dealing with “some aches and pains” as a result of a surgical procedure he had done back in July, the Charlotte Hornets’ big man said in a video on NBA.com. Kaminsky underwent surgery to repair an air pocket in his lung, and was initially expected to miss about six weeks of time.
Minor pain isn’t out of the norm for a procedure like this. We’re about seven weeks removed from his surgery, and assuming all goes well he’s right on track with his recovery and should be ready to go come October.
However, Kaminsky was noticeably gasping in the first half of the video, so it’s clear he’s not where he needs to be just yet.
But he’s getting there.
Kaminsky said his family and the Hornets pushed him to have the air pocket repaired and that the decision was difficult for him to make. He really wanted to play in summer league, and was frustrated that all of the work he put in during the offseason couldn’t be showcased for at least a couple of months. But he now appreciates the break.
“The surgery kind of forced me to relax and take some time off and get away from the game,” Kaminsky said.
Kaminsky said he’s feeling a lot better overall and believes he’s more prepared for the upcoming season than he was at this same time last year. “Sitting on the bench is not one of the things I want to do, especially with injuries and things like that.”
Kaminsky was the ninth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and averaged 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.1 minutes per game last season.