Padgett discusses long road back

David Padgett is slowly working on a return to the court this season. For the first time in a while, the 6'11 junior is feeling pain free these days. What the latest with Padgett and his recovery from knee surgery. went one-on-one with Padgett during Louisville's media day and has the latest.

How are things going with your knees? I'm doing really well. The doctor's have been giving me unbelievable reports and everything couldn't be going better. I'm slowly but surely working my way back into practice. I've just got to be patient. It's a long process but if everything goes as planned and there are no setbacks I'll be better than I ever have before.

What are you able to do on the court these days? Right now, I'm doing individual instruction in the morning and everything that everybody else does. I've been doing that for a couple weeks now and in practice I'm doing a little three-on-three and four-on-four. They don't want me to jump back right back in and practice for three and half hours because that wouldn't have been very smart. I've got to slowly work my way back in, but it's going really well.

Do your knees feel better now? Oh, yeah. Last year, if we had a game and I played 35 minutes I'd wake up the next day and my knee would just be absolutely killing me. I wake up everyday now pain free. So it's an awesome feeling. I'd like to be out there as soon as possible. There's no reason why I shouldn't be 100 percent for conference season. I think that's a very realistic goal to make.

This is what they (doctors) said. I stayed here everyday this summer and never went home. I just wanted to get back and that's all I've been thinking about for the past seven months. Things couldn't be going better. My doctors are so impressed with where I'm at and think definitely things are down hill from here.

David Padgett

With your knee's feeling better, is your biggest hurdle now a matter of conditioning? Yeah, a little bit. Once I start playing five-on-five it's going to take me a little time to get back into shape, but at the same time I'm trying to get all of my strength back in my legs, especially my left leg because it was injured for the most of the year last year. So it's got a little bit of catching up to do. If I don't have any setbacks, the sky is the limit.

Will we see the old David Padgett this season? It's hard to say. Nobody wants to speculate. Obviously, I want to be 100 percent again right now, but that's just not how it's going to work. They said (doctors) if everything goes well I could be 100 percent by January or I could be 100 percent next week. It's just hard to say. I think before long I will be though.

How good can this team become? I think the sky's the limit. The freshmen know that they're going to have to help us this year. They're very focused on learning our offense and the system. If they can come in and play right away that will be huge for us.

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