After recently having a second platelet-rich plasma treatment on his injured left foot, Trevor Booker said he hopes that he can return to playing full-contact basketball this week.
Booker replaced Andray Blatche in the Wizards’ starting lineup and provided the team with much needed scoring and rebounding presence. However, he missed the final 15 games due to plantar fasciitis.
At the urging of orthopedic surgeon Martin O’Malley, Booker decided to undergo non-surgical therapy that encourages a natural, more rapid healing process.
For most of the offseason, Booker has been working out with trainers in D.C. He decided to have another treatment a couple of weeks ago after he developed some soreness in his foot. He indicated that the procedure involved taking blood from his right arm and putting it in his foot.
“I said, ‘Ok, I’ll try it.’ I definitely felt better the first time. I feel even better the second time,” Booker said, adding that the injury was plantar fasciitis and nothing more. “My foot is feeling really good. I think that’s going to push me over the edge.”
Booker said he is really excited about the acquisitions of Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor, who came from the New Orleans Hornets for Rashard Lewis. When the season ended, Booker had suggested the need for more veterans, citing the influence of Nene.
“We definitely needed some experience, so that’ll help us out,” he said.
The 6-foot-8 Booker still feels that even if he has to play some small forward, he will be in the Wizards’ regular rotation.
“I’m not sure, but I would say ‘yeah.’ I could be comfortable at the three,” said Booker, who posted an average of 9.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in 32 starts last season. “I think I’ll still get my minutes, if I just continue to work, play hard like I do.”
Booker is known for bringing an element of toughness that he showed during an exchange in a February game with Orlando Magic guard Jason Richardson. They exchanged words and while a crowd of players tried to separate them, Booker calmly walked through them to continue the conversation.
“I wanted people to realize that, that we weren’t going to back down from anybody,” Booker said. “I know a lot of teams don’t respect us so we have to earn their respect.”