On the Comeback Trail

The beginning of the 2012 NBA season is just two weeks away, and although Luc Richard Mbah a Moute remains unsure when he’ll be able to rejoin his Milwaukee Bucks teammates on the floor, the continued progress of his recovery has him excited.

While his teammates have been on the practice floor the last two weeks, Luc has maintained his rehab from offseason knee surgery. Luc admits that being on the sidelines for practices and the first few preseason games has been hard, but he feels better about where he is and where he’s going every day.


« I feel like I’m making a lot of progress, so I’m excited, » he said. « I’m doing what I’m supposed to do in the weight room to get to the level I need to be at. I can tell the muscles are getting stronger. That’s a good thing. »

Luc is working hard to get back to a place where he can be aggressive on both sides of the ball (Getty Images).

After the surgery, Luc had to stay off his feet for a while, a condition that forced him to cancel his annual camp in Cameroon. With all that time off, Luc’s muscles weakened, especially in his right leg, both above and below his surgically repaired knee. At this point, No. 12’s goal is to keep strengthening the leg as he works to get his body into basketball playing shape.

« My right quad definitely has a ways to go to catch up to the left, » he said this week. « But there’s no timetable to it. Really, it’s how strong the muscles around my knee get and whether they can sustain that strength around my knee throughout a game. »

Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball believes that Luc has enough experience to return to the rotation without needing extended time to get ready.

« Mbah a Moute doesn’t need a camp to know how he fits in with the Bucks or to understand what they’re trying to do. He’s the old man of this group, at least in Bucks years. The longest tenured Buck, he’s only played for Skiles in the NBA. He knows what to do, he knows where to be. When he returns, it’ll be more of a question of how the Bucks want to use him. If Harris isn’t defending as well as the team would like, there will likely be no hesitation about throwing Mbah a Moute into the starting lineup, as it appears the team originally intended to do. »

Luc’s next doctor visit is planned for next week, at which point he and the Bucks will make plans for the next step in his rehab. The Bucks open their season on Nov. 2 in Boston against the Celtics.