“Obviously, I felt like I wasn’t myself. It came to the point where it wasn’t worth it any more. I couldn’t keep going out there and hurting myself and making it worse. I needed to get it looked at. Unfortunately, I needed surgery. I had the surgery, and I looked at it as a blessing.”
Jenkins works with trainers and physical therapists to strengthen his core. He looks forward to the day the team, doctors and therapists clear him to resume basketball activities. Jenkins said there is no timetable for such a return, but he works every day toward that end.
“Whenever they tell me it’s time to get ready to play, that’s when I’ll be the most excited person in the world,” Jenkins said. “It’s been a slow process. It could be a couple more months. I’m just going with the flow and not looking ahead. I’m trying to make every day my best day.”
Jenkins said he has spent his down time reading the Bible and other books and spending time with his family — pursuits that often took a back seat to his professional basketball career.
Jenkins averaged 3.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 12.2 minutes in his limited action this season. The Hawks picked up Jenkins’ third-year option earlier this year. Jenkins will play for the Hawks in the summer league again this year, something he is not required to do as a third-year player.
“I’ll play in any league out there as long as they let me,” Jenkins said. “I miss the game so much. I just want to get my rhythm back. I can’t wait to do that. I’ll definitely play summer league if they want me to. I want to play. I’ve made that clear. I think they already know that. Playing summer league is definitely a priority of mine.”
Bracket challenges: A couple of Hawks players are involved in bracket challenges for the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Al Horford, from Florida, has his own group with ESPN. Kyle Korver, from Creighton, is running a bracket challenge. The contest is free, and Korver said he will award prizes. He is using the contest as an opportunity to accept $10 donations for the Kyle Korver Foundation, with the proceeds being used to build wheelchair ramps.