For those of you — like myself — anxiously awaiting the Hawks newest toy to join the team, you’re going to have to be a bit more patient than you might like. At Sunday’s press conference before Atlanta’s win over New York, the newest members of the team — Clint Capela, Dewayne Dedmon, and Skal Labissiere — were introduced. There, Capela was asked when he thought he would be back on the court, and both he and Travis Schlenk made it evident that they are in no rush, with their main priority being his health returning to 100%.
Clint Capela says it's his goal to come back from injury after the All-Star break.
Travis Schlenk: "Our first goal is to get him healthy. We're not going to rush him out there."
— Sarah K. Spencer (@sarah_k_spence) February 9, 2020
The Hawks have been uber cautious over the last two seasons with all of their injured players, knowing that winning is not the primary goal at this stage of the rebuild. Capela has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, which is a nagging and often painful injury. Time is the only thing that is going to get him back to full health, and with the All-Star break around the corner, the Hawks have plenty of it.
Atlanta hits the road to play the Magic in Orlando tonight before heading to Cleveland for their final game before the break on Wednesday. The Hawks will return to the floor eight days later to take on the Heat. That is the date I would have marked on your calendar as Clint Capela’s Atlanta debut. However, if there is even the slightest setback, it could be even longer before we see him in a Hawks uniform.