Trail Blazers Rumors: Surgeon Has No Doubts LaMarcus Aldridge Will Bounce Back From Thumb Injury

Portland Trail Blazers superstar LaMarcus Aldridge will miss 6-8 weeks after suffering a torn thumb ligament, but orthopedic hand/wrist surgeon Steven Shin (Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles) says that he should be back and completely ready to go after opting for surgery.

"In my opinion, surgery is the best thing to do in this situation; he will have the best long term results,'' Shin said, via The Oregonian. "I don't doubt he will come back and play very well. There really shouldn't be any limiting factors in his play.''

Shin has performed the same surgery on Los Angeles Lakers sixth man Nick Young and Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul, and he has a pretty clear idea of how things tend to go after such an operation.

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"By week six or week seven, they are usually back in full-game play,'' Dr. Shin said. "With Nick (Young), he was in full contact in week six, and started playing in week seven. By week eight, we were just taping the thumb and by week nine it was nothing.

"When they return to play, they won't have full range of motion, but it's enough for them to play very well,''  Dr. Shin added, "So this shouldn't interfere with (Aldridge's) playing.''

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