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Blazers Thomas Robinson Undergoes Right Thumb Surgery, Expected To Be Ready For Training Camp

(AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

(AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Tuesday that forward Thomas Robinson underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

The Blazers did not give a time frame for when Robinson will be able to return to the court but they said in the release that he is expected to be ready for training camp which starts at the beginning of October.

That gives Robinson roughly 10 full weeks to recover from the procedure before the start of camp. Robinson has said before that this is an important summer for him, and according to coaches and players he has worked hard in the offseason to improve.

The injury and recovery time on his dominant hand is certainly a setback.

Robinson tore the ligament in his right thumb when breaking a fall in Portland’s summer league game against the Atlanta Hawks on July 15 in Las Vegas. The surgery was performed by Dr. Kirk Wong at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington.

Robinson averaged 13.7 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals per game on 50 percent shooting during the 2014 Las Vegas Summer League.

Robinson also played a major role off the bench during Portland’s playoff run as he was the only non-starter to play in all 11 playoff games.

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He started writing about NBA Basketball for SwishScout.com before being the Sports Reporter Intern for TrailBlazers.com. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.

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