Portland Trail Blazers forward Rodney Hood has learned to appreciate the small things over the last four months as he has slowly worked his way back from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
He celebrated when his cast was removed a few weeks after his surgery, and again when he finally was allowed to start walking without a boot on his left leg. He felt a rush of excitement when he walked for a full day without a limp or a hitch in his step. And he couldn’t help but smile after relearning to curl his toes.
“It’s extremely tough, going day-to-day, not knowing really what you’re working for, but for me, I just learned how to set small goals for myself,” Hood said. “It’s something we laugh about and it’s boring when you’re fully healthy, but when you forget how to walk at times and it’s tough, it becomes a fun challenge. … I’m excited about every single boring detail of it.”
That mindset has also helped Hood as he has adjusted to the reality of daily life amid the coronavirus pandemic.