1-on-1 with rookie Isaiah Canaan
ORLANDO, Fla. - Isaiah Canaan is hopeful he can see some action before Summer League play is over.
The rookie point guard and newest Rockets draft pick has been dealing with a sprained right ankle that, at one point, had him fearing he would miss the entire Summer League altogether.
But with some rehab work and therapy, Canaan is hopeful he can suit up and represent the Rockets in some game action. Canaan was able to do some shooting around during halftime of the Rockets-Celtics Summer League game on Wednesday.
“Yeah, it’s been annoying, but I’ve made a lot of progress this week,” Canaan said. “The trainer’s been doing an excellent job and my therapy’s been going great. Now, it’s just looking forward to maybe getting out there by the end of the week and just seeing what I can do on it. It’s just really trying to get 100 percent and not really trying to rush it, but I’ve been so anxious to get out there and it’s been feeling great for me. So I’m just trying to push towards the end of the week and just see what I can do.”
Just hearing the words that he had a chance to play was like music to his ears.
“It’s very encouraging,” Canaan said. “Everything I’ve been doing in therapy has been building my confidence to want to get back to doing what I’m normally doing on my ankle. The therapy and training staff’s been doing a great job with me and it’s been going well. I’m just really looking forward to getting back out there and wearing the Houston Rockets jersey.”
In case you're wondering about his rehab work, Canaan broke down some of his therapeutic work.
“I’ve been doing a lot of balancing,” Canaan said. “Doing a lot of pushing off of it, as if I’m trying to explode and get to the rim. Doing some jumping. The underwater treadmill has been great for me. It’s been a lot of resistance, so I have to fight through that and at the same time, get back to running and pushing off my ankle as a normal routine. I’ve been on the bike, elliptical, and just maintaining my conditioning, and just looking forward to getting back.”
Canaan seems extra motivated to come back, especially with basketball action going on right in front of him in Orlando.
“It’s been very tough,” Canaan said. “I don’t normally get injured, and now that I’ve got one, I don’t know how to take it. So it’s been very, very tough out there just watching my teammates out there and knowing that I can’t really do anything to help them, but I’ve been working, fighting every day, waking up earlier than all the rest of them and just trying to get it back to 100 percent. That’s the main focus. And once I get there, I get back out there and I’ll be able to help my teammates.”
That said, he's loving his time with the Rockets so far.
“It feels great,” Canaan said. “They’ve really been doing a good job of just taking me under their wing and teaching me the ropes through the summertime. I mean, I haven’t been around the James (Hardens), the Chandler (Parsons), and now Dwight, but people like Greg (Smith), and Pat (Beverley), and (Terrence) Jones… they’ve been doing a great job of keeping me around and keeping me acclimated with the team and showing me some of the things I need to look forward to and doing.”