Tyreke Evans Says His Foot is 100 Percent

by July 24, 2011

After a rough year in which he struggled with injury, Kings point man Tyreke Evans wants the world to know that he’ll be coming back at full strength, whenever the NBA gets back to action. Via the Sacramento Bee: “[Tyreke] Evans planned to take his game to the next level last season. After winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 2010, he spent his offseason retooling his jump shot. A consistent jumper coupled with his ability to penetrate would make Evans even tougher to defend. But in an exhibition game Oct. 13 in Las Vegas against the Lakers, Evans injured both ankles. He also was bothered by plantar fasciitis in his left foot and eventually required a laser procedure. In all, Evans missed 24 games because of injuries. Looking back, he said the injuries didn’t allow him to display his entire game much of the season. ‘Especially getting to the cup,’ Evans said. ‘I really couldn’t finish like I wanted to because of the foot. It was tough for me going to the basket and not finishing like I usually finish. Just pushing off that foot, that’s the foot I jump off of, so that was kind of tough.’ His shooting percentage dipped from 45.8 percent as a rookie to 40.9 percent last season. After averaging 20.1 points as a rookie, he fell to 17.8 points. Evans said his foot is 100 percent. During a recent workout, the bulky ankle braces that were part of Evans’ on-court gear were absent.”