Pain-free Weems feels 'blessed'

MIKE GANTNER, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:10 PM ET

TORONTO - MILWAUKEE Pain free begins to describe Sonny Weems these days but it only tells half the story.

Having missed a month and a half with a lower back injury, Weems wasnt just worried about his health, but his position on the team.

Its kinda hard, he said about being on the outside looking in for so long. You got a lot going through your mind when youre sitting there back home and the team is on the road and losing. You think a lot, trust me. Its kind of (nerve-wracking).

I was thinking they were probably going to make changes, Weems said. There was no guarantee that I would still be here playing for the Toronto Raptors. That was the scariest thing about it.

It might not sound rational to be thinking a team would consider trading for any player when hes injured, but Weems admitted youre not always thinking rationally when your career has been put on hold.

Through it all Weems said talking with his agent, talking with his parents and a good amount of praying kept him sane.

As for any lingering back problems, Weems feels hes past that hurdle.

I can bend down now and not feel like an old man so I know Im better, he said.

Weems has played in seven games already since returning but it has only been about a week that he has felt all the way back.

His return couldnt have come at a better time for the Raptors who learned last week that Linas Kleiza, the player who had been starting at small forward in his absence, was going to be out for as long as a year following surgery on his knee.

Weems probably came back a game or two earlier than he should have but now that hes all the way back hes playing like the Weems from the early part of the season. He had 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting in the slump-busting win over Minnesota and cant wait to build on that in the coming weeks.

Im just blessed to be back playing, Weems said.


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