Milwaukee guard Eric Bledsoe returned to practice Friday for the first time since testing positive for the coronavirus.
A few weeks ago, Bledsoe announced that he had COVID-19 and was quarantined at home.
“It was tough man. I had my family with me so it made it go easy, but me having it and they’re around the house, it’s kind of scary. So, I kind of had to get them away from me a little bit, so I could just quarantine and get back with the team,” Bledsoe said in an interview with The Athletic.
As for getting back on the basketball court, Bledsoe expressed that he’s taking things slow.
“I got up and down the court. Just touching the basketball, getting a feel for it again, it was pretty fun,” Bledsoe said, via the Associated Press.
The Bucks are scheduled to play two more scrimmages before the NBA season fully resumes, so Bledsoe will have a little bit of time to get in game-shape.
Speaking to The Athletic, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer was confident the Bucks and Bledsoe will have plenty of time to get back in rhythm by the time playoffs start in mid-August.
“We’d like to be playing good basketball. We’d like to get sharper and get better as we work through it,” said Budenholzer. “But I don’t think we can overlook how valuable those are for him individually, for us, and certainly feel like that gives us plenty of time for him to be ready and for us to be ready for the playoffs.”
But if Bledsoe is going to be ready for the Bucks first official game on July 31, he’s going to have to work quickly.