The day earlier than Edmond Sumner’s marriage ceremony, he was in the health club, understanding and rehabbing his torn Achilles tendon.
The day earlier than flying to Bora Bora for his South Pacific honeymoon? He was again once more, placing in that sweat fairness in an Indiana health club.
The Nets ended their sorry 2021-22 season vowing to get again to their gritty identification and work ethic, and one factor is crystal clear: Their new guard matches the invoice.
“Ed is simply the most professional’s professional you are going to meet, in the sense that he does not miss days. This man trains,” Sumner’s coach, Mike Robertson, informed The Post. “Literally, this man skilled the Thursday earlier than his marriage ceremony. He received married on a Friday, got here on Sunday earlier than he left for his honeymoon.
“He simply does not miss days, he does not skip exercises. That’s a testomony to who he is and the form of man that you simply’re getting there. He’s only a nice human being. He’s going to punch the clock, he is going to proceed to not simply work arduous for himself however to carry the others up round him. And he is only a world-class human being. [Nets fans] are going to love him.”
For Sumner, it is nearly ensuring these Nets followers get an opportunity to love him. He was waived shortly after being acquired by the Nets in an October commerce with the Pacers, and he didn’t go well with up for Brooklyn. He joined the group on a two-year $4.2 million free-agent contract in July. But of his $1.9 million wage this season, solely $250,000 is assured and simply $500,000 on Opening Night. The second 12 months is non-guaranteed.
On a roster rife with damage issues, Sumner is one. Sumner, TJ Warren, Ben Simmons, Joe Harris and Seth Curry are all coming off surgical procedures, and the first three didn’t play a second in the 2021-22 season.
Sumner has spent the previous 12 months recovering from a torn left Achilles suffered understanding — naturally — in September 2021, per week earlier than camp. After seeing how Kevin Durant recovered from his personal ruptured Achilles, Sumner picked Dr. Martin O’Malley — additionally the Nets’ foot specialist — to do his surgical procedure.
“I see how Kevin got here again from his damage and got here to be one in all the finest gamers in the world,” Sumner mentioned on the “Voice of the Nets” podcast. “I used to be like, ‘Who did his surgical procedure? I want to go to that individual!’ I want this performed proper.”
Even performed proper, the highway again was arduous. His rehab moved from being break up between the Pacers and Robertson to virtually completely with Robertson, the co-owner of IFast — which has additionally skilled Glenn Robinson III, Sean McDermott and Kelan Martin.
By February, Sumner was dunking once more. And in June, regardless of not having the ability to go 5-on-5 — his power as an open-court participant — he had sufficient explosion to impress the Nets in a exercise. And that explosion did not come simply.
Summer not solely underwent hyperbaric oxygen remedy (respiratory pure oxygen in a chamber with the air stress elevated two and even threefold), but additionally did quadruple the typical quantity of classes.
“The customary protocol is 5 occasions per week for 2 weeks,” Robertson informed The Post. “That dude, he did 40 classes over the subsequent eight weeks … to expedite the therapeutic course of and get that Achilles healed sooner. … He simply knew precisely how to assault the course of.”
Unfortunately for Sumner, he is an skilled rehabber. He’d already handled tendinitis, a torn ACL and shoulder surgical procedures, the principal purpose he has logged simply 108 NBA video games in 5 years.
Sumner’s finest season proved to be his final wholesome one, when he averaged 7.5 factors in 53 video games, each career-highs, in 2020-21. He’s assured of getting again to his finest open court docket, nonetheless the Nets choose to use him or with no matter lineups.
“It does not matter who’s going to be round Ed. He’s going to discover a manner to slot in and produce and assist the group be somewhat bit higher,” Robertson mentioned. “So I feel [fans] are going to love him.
“He’s going to be proper the place he wants to be. … He’s again into 5-on-5 now, getting up and down the court docket. The final stage now is getting used to enjoying often, getting his legs beneath him. … I’m assured he is going to be again and looking superb come the starting of the 12 months.”