Trevor Booker’s stint in Israel came to abrupt end before he was even able to play a regular season game for Bnei HaSahron because of bruised right quadriceps. Booker returned to the United States to rehabilitate the injury with trainer Tim Martin in Dallas.
Booker said three weeks ago that he selfishly wanted the lockout to last a little longer so that he would be prepared for training camp. But he appears to be improving and said he should be ready when the Wizards are expected to open camp on Dec. 9.
“Leg [is] feeling great,” Booker wrote in a text message when asked how his rehab was coming along.
Booker was elated to have the lockout end last week, as he was celebrating his 24th birthday. “Glad we [are] finally able to get back on the court not only for ourselves but for the fans and workers also,” Booker texted.
The Wizards should have 10 healthy players available on the first day of training camp – the seven players under contract (Booker, John Wall, Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis, JaVale McGee, Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphin) and three draft picks (Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack). The team also plans to have some training camp invitees around to make sure there are enough players for drills and rest.
Wall said that he was okay after taking some time to rest after playing in dozens of charity exhibitions and summer league games during the offseason. Seraphin is expected to play his final game for Spanish club, Caja Laboral, on Wednesday and recently posted on Twitter, “DC soon.”