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Bullock Cleared To Play

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Via Mike DeCourcy

North Carolina shooting guard Reggie Bullock returned to the court this week for the first time since injuring his left knee in early March.

Tar Heels coach Roy Williams told Sporting News that Bullock was cleared by doctors to resume playing pickup basketball this week following surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. It was his second procedure on that knee inside 18 months.

Roy Williams discussed Reggie Bullock's rehab during his summer press conference saying the progress had been slow but intentionally so. There was plenty of reason to be cautious with Bullock knee since it was the second knee surgery in eighteen months. The fact it was the middle of the offseason was also beneficial in allowing the medical staff to be certain the knee was ready for action. Now with roughly three months to go before the start of practice Bullock has plenty of time to ensure his conditioning is up to par.

DeCourcy tagged a note onto the end of this news blurb which I thought was odd.

Though he struggled to consistently locate his shooting touch during his freshman season, Bullock will compete for a starting job and will be counted upon to provide perimeter scoring for the Tar Heels, Sporting News’ preseason No. 1 team.

I suppose this is speculation because I have serious doubts Roy made any comments about the starting lineup to DeCourcy nor does anyone really think the starting lineup is actually going to change. Plus, Bullock is likely to backup Harrison Barnes at the three and there is no competition for that spot.

Side Note: It was reported that Leslie McDonald injured his knee during a NC Pro-Am game last night. Initial reports stated McDonald was not able to put weight on the need. Later reports said he was able to leave the gym under his own power. McDonald ultimately tweeted that he was fine. Now cue the overreaction from fans who will say UNC players shouldn't be playing in the Pro-Am.