Edmund Summers has been back in the gym in recent weeks – after a honeymoon in Bora Bora, part of French Polynesia in the South Pacific. He does the things other players do with his hands, his defense, his shooting, but he’s still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon that sidelined him all of last year.
On Thursday, this coach tweeted an update he was very excited about.
“Up and down” seems to be going five-for-five. When Sumner was signed in early July (to a semi-guaranteed deal), Burton said that while the 26-year-old impressed the Nets with his explosive performance in June’s workout, he’s yet to go full-speed five-over. five.
For Sumner, who played four seasons with the Pacers, it was another chapter in another comeback. As he told Chris Carino on the “Voice of the Nets” podcast this week, he’s dealt with multiple injuries, including an ACL tear and chronic knee pain, as well as a ruptured Achilles in a preseason workout a year ago. After falling on his head, he was carted off the floor at a Cincinnati school, an injury that seemed worse than he expected. And his road to the NBA included a family tragedy, the death of his older brother in February 2018 during his rookie season.
“I try to be positive about things. I really feel like everything happens for a reason,” Sumner told Carino, who asked if he seemed positive about things. But that doesn’t mean the injuries have been easy to deal with. The year saw the ACL injury he suffered at Xavier.
“I didn’t know anything about the injury,” he said, adding that at first he thought he had broken his leg. “It was tough. My NBA dream was over though. I didn’t know how it would turn out. I relied on my athleticism, especially in college. At that time I was not really working on shooting. “
Therefore, Sumner worked on his game during the rehabilitation period and was taken with the number 52 in the 2017 NBA draft by the Pelicans who sold his rights to the Pacers. He spent all of 2017-18 on a two-way contract, but rehabbed, playing just 14 games for Fort Wayne and one for Indiana.
He had a new contract in September 2021 and was getting ready to make the jump after averaging 7.5 points in a mostly reserve role while completing 53/40/82 shooting splits, combining his open-court game with a new deep shooting ability.
Then, with a week left in training camp, he cut Chili and ruled him out for the year.
“The injury cursed me,” he said.
“I’m playing well. I know the opportunity that is coming this season. And that happens a week before training camp. I was exercising. It was just a simple quick break. Someone throws it forward and I just do a fast break pass and one-dribble. I tore into my chili.
The second time around, he worried about losing 40 inches of vertical, but he came back after rehab and rehabilitation, including dozens of 90-minute sessions in a hyperbaric chamber, according to surgeon Dr. Martin O’Malley, who also performed Kevin Durant’s Achilles surgery two years ago. Nets foot and ankle specialist.
He described the lengthy reform as “a little better, a little better, a little better, a big jump, a little better, a little better, a little better, a big jump.”
Carino says that people who have had to overcome many physical issues know they can be successful because they have experienced it before, describing his own experience with FSHD.
Shortly after tearing his ankle, Sumner traded him spectacularly, as it turned out, to the Nets in the salary dump, the Nets giving up a 2025 second-round pick and the rights to long-term store Juan Pablo Vallet. Four days later, the Nets released Sumner and he returned to rehab. He returned to action in February and returned to Brooklyn for a workout in early June, which led to his signing on July 5.
“I was happy. I’ve seen how Kevin has come back from injury and become one of the best players in the world.” Sumner explained that he chose Dr. O’Malley because KD had Achilles surgery.
“That was the reason I went to him,” Sumner said of O’Malley. “Who did the surgery? I have to go to that guy! “I want to do this right. “
Now that he’s feeling better, what should Nets fans expect from Summers? One thing, he said, is the ability to play multiple positions, not just on the wing. Summer specifically mentioned point guard as an option.
“I came to college where I played point guard. I am a ball master! When I got to the NBA … the Pacers moved me to 2 a lot. It was crowded at the point and I wanted to play. Whatever it was I got high. I could play 2.’ “
Sumner also said that he is “such a focus on defense,” that he can switch and play with all comers. After shooting 82 percent in 2020-21, he also saw some goals as he got his free throw percentage up to 90 and improved his mid-range game.
“I feel like I can do a lot of things, play off the ball, if you want me to play a lot of positions. Guard a lot of positions,” he told Carino. “I feel like I’m a jack of all trades.”