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Sixers Zhaire Smith Could Return by Christmas

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Now, we have another wing defender. Ho-Ho-Ho.

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The positive health news keeps rolling in for the City of Philadelphia and its sports teams. Yesterday, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was medically cleared and will start Sunday.

Today, it’s the Philadelphia 76ers turn:

Zhaire Smith, whom the Sixers traded Mikal Bridges on draft night for back in June, had surgery to repair an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot last month.

Smith, the Texas Tech guard who averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists during his lone season with the Red Raiders, originally broke the bone on August 6th while participating in Tim Grgurich’s development camp in Las Vegas

The recovery time as Pompey points out is six to eight weeks, but sometimes teams allow more time for recovery (unless you’re the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2015). Pompey also points out that Smith was allegedly going to spend a lot of time with the Sixers G-League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats.

Regardless of where Smith is, this news is positive. More time on whatever court means more reps, more learning, more getting good, and with time and much prayer by me, personally, more of a chance to turn into the “Kawhi Leonard-type” that Smith has sometimes drawn comparison to.