Evans returns to Raptors practice

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:27 PM ET

TORONTO - It was hard to tell who was more excited to see Reggie Evans back on the court Monday, his head coach, his teammates, or the media.

Evans, a one-of-a-kind personality in a clubhouse lacking in the quotability department, is a reporter’s dream with the ability to fill up a notebook in mere minutes.

He did not disappoint after his first on-court workout since breaking his foot back on Nov. 26 in Boston, opining on a number of topics, including the impending birth of his first son, when he might be able to get back on the court and how he actually had to up his candy intake since he was doing too well in the weight-loss department.

“It feels good just to get a sweat going, (to) look at your shirt and see a dark area,” Evans said of finally being able to lace up his sneakers and take to the hardwood.

Evans was able to take jumpers, run around a bit, throw down a few dunks and take a beating from some resistance padding before rolling to the hoop, but said he still has one sore spot which is keeping him out.

“Still gotta get over one little hump. Once I get over that area, it’ll be good, but that one area is just taking a little time to heal and stuff,” he said.

“I just had like the discomfort of that one area that still has to go down. So once that area goes down, then I’ll be ready to go.”

Though Leandro Barbosa likely will return from a much shorter injury hiatus in Milwaukee on Tuesday night, Evans, like guard Jerryd Bayless, did not make the trip.

Evans is not expected to return prior to the all-star break.

“He’s slowly ramping things up a little bit and then we have to wait and see how it responds,” head coach Jay Triano said.

Evans was among the NBA’s top rebounders with a 12.1 per game average through 15 contests when he went down and was helping the team stay in a lot of games by generating tons of second chances.

With Evans in the lineup this season, the Raptors have gone 6-9. Without him, they are a horrendous 8-28.

Evans said this rehab has been better than the one he went through last season when he injured his other foot. He particularly has enjoyed talking with “some of the old people” in the sauna after his rehab is done for the day.

Evans remarked that besides health, another reason he might not rush back into the lineup is because his wife is expected their first son soon.

Apparently, baby Evans takes after his father.

“He’s kind of ready to come out of there, he’s getting real aggressive,” Evans said.

“I think he’s trying to get out so he can watch me play. He’s probably getting bored inside of there.”

Kind of like how the team’s beat writers have felt not having Evans available to chat these past couple of months.


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