This one is certainly hard to believe, but the father of Tornike Shengelia said that his son could be ready to return to the court in as little as two weeks following knee surgery, according to the Georgian Basketball Federation press service.
“The preliminary estimate is that Toko is expected to return to training two weeks after the operation,” Kakha Shengelia said in a statement.
The Brooklyn Nets have refrained from commenting on the surgery and won’t until he actually undergoes the procedure, which he is expected to on Wednesday, July 31. It’s just surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee which certainly isn’t as major as a torn ACL, but it typically comes with a 2-3 month recovery time.
The problem is that the only quote we American journalists have to work with is very simple. Something could have been lost in the translation or perhaps he meant return to working out after two weeks as opposed to playing in actual games. It could be a case of this being a very minor tear that could be healed in such a short time frame.
If the latter is the case then perhaps he’ll be ready to play for the Georgian national team when Eurobasket 2013 starts in September. Either way, Shengelia could be back by the start of the NBA season and probably sometime in November at the very least.