Phoenix Suns forward Cam Johnson has not played in an NBA game since Nov. 4 when he tore his meniscus.
Since then, the Suns have looked like a very different team. Phoenix is below .500 due to a severe mix of injuries and an inconsistent game. As of now, they are at the bottom of the playoffs and 10th in the West.
With plenty of time left, the Suns are banking on the arrival of players like Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Johnson to help get Phoenix back on track.
In an interview with Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic, Johnson said he was eager to return.
“Super eager. Super eager,” he said. “When you’re out for a while, and you know you’re going to be out for a while, you develop a deeper appreciation for what you’re doing. That’s the silver lining of it. It’s something you know you value very much, but after a few Deprived of it during the week, you cherish it even more.”
The recent performance of the Suns has not been satisfactory. They have won just two of their past ten games and have struggled to maintain the form they once had at the top of the league standings.
Still, missing three out of five starters will do it. Johnson said he has enjoyed the tempo the team has played in recent weeks.
“I see the rhythm of their game. The rhythm of their game and the way they share the ball and the way we talk about the 5-point game. That’s something I’m looking forward to joining and doing with them,” Johnson said.
Phoenix wraps up their road trip in Memphis on Monday before returning home for a five-game series at the Trail Center, starting Thursday in Brooklyn.
Will we see Johnson on the field? He said he had no target date for his return.
“Nothing is certain right now. Just got back from travel sometime, but I’m feeling good. It’s a day now, but I’m looking forward to coming back soon, soon,” Johnson said.