Josh "JR" ReeseBy Joshua Reese


CBS Houston – On Tuesday, Houston Rockets Head coach Kevin McHale, before a new uniform unveiling in front of season tickets holders, shared with the media that Donatas Motiejunas might not be ready to start training camp.

“(Motiejunas) probably won’t start training camp, will see where that goes,” McHale said.

The Rockets start training camp September 29th.

Motiejunas himself shared Tuesday night that he doesn’t feel he will be ready when the start of camp begins.

“It’s up to the doctors,” Motiejuans said “doctors don’t want to let me practice till I’m a 100 percent, they’re more considered with my future, not about what’s happening right now.”

Having Motiejuans for the long haul is much more important for the team and is much bigger than having him back just for the start of training camp.

“If I’m going to miss a week or two of training camp it’s not a big deal, they (Doctors) kinda look at my future and try to get me ready 100 percent,” Motiejuans said.

For Motiejuans this wasn’t just a random injury, he understood he needed to treat this a little bit different.

“Back is not something like a knee, it’s a nerve, my nerve was damaged, so I had to follow the body on how it reacts to that,” Motiejuans said.

The good news for the Rockets and Motiejuans is they are not breaking in very many new players or learning new schemes. The team is essentially the same team that made it all the way to the Western conference finals, so if Motiejuans is forced to miss a little bit of time during training camp, it shouldn’t put him too far behind the eight ball.

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