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Shawn Kemp Jr. is working out today in what will essentially be his first practice since tearing his right patella tendon in October.
“I’m going to do halfcourt stuff,” he said. “Post moves with the post players. A little bit of shooting. A little run through and 5 on 0 stuff.”
Kemp said he’s pain free and if given the choice, he’ll make his season debut Saturday when Washington hosts Nevada.
However, coach Lorenzo Romar was more conservative and cautious when asked if Kemp and Scott Suggs (plantar fasciitis) will play against the Wolf Pack.
“What if they come out on Thursday and Friday and they’re practicing and they feel great and then Saturday morning they feel great,” Romar said. “Then it’s 100 percent they’re going to play. But they might come out and after one day say it’s still bothering me. So I can’t put any (percentage on the odds they’ll return) on it.
“If they can practice a couple of days, then they’ll be available.”
Kemp hasn’t played since the Oct. 24 exhibition when he tallied six points and five rebounds in 17 minutes. The medical staff discovered he torn his patella tendon after he felt discomfort during an Oct. 29 practice. It was determined at the time that he’d would need 6-8 weeks to recover.
If Kemp plays Saturday, then he would have exceeded the original timetable by three days.
Meanwhile Suggs has missed the past three games due to inflammation in his right foot. He’s expected to practice Thursday.
“If Scott goes through everything and he’s feeling good enough Saturday, there’s more of a chance that he could play more,” Romar said.
Romar cautioned that even if Suggs returns Saturday, his injury could linger for days, weeks or even months.
“It could,” Romar said. “That’s why it’s so hard for me to predict. You just don’t know.”
IN OTHER NEWS …
— Abdul Gaddy, who missed the last five minutes Saturday due to leg cramps, has fully recovered.