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“I should be 100 percent by the end of July,” he said Saturday.
Maymon spoke with optimism confined by experience.
He was supposed to be 100 percent prior to the Vols’ trip to Italy last summer. He wasn’t.
He was supposed to be 100 percent by preseason workouts. He wasn’t.
After missing the beginning of the season, he was supposed to be 100 percent by midyear.
“It’s been very frustrating,” said Maymon, an All-SEC second team selection in 2011-12 after averaging 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a junior. “I’m really impatient right now. I want the season to be here and I want to be healthy.”
There is no longer any swelling in Maymon’s knee, and while running and jumping are still chores, both are at least pain-free. His current goals include losing some weight, strengthening his left quadriceps and improving his conditioning.
“You’ve got to be patient,” he said. “Sometimes I’m at home and I’m upset and angry. I can’t just go out there and play in an open gym anytime and do things I used to do. And when I am able to play I still think I can do certain things without having my strength, but I can’t.
“Right now I don’t really know the level that I’m at — it’s hard to put a number on it. I’m doing really good, but I can be so much better when I get my strength back and my ability to jump and can move without thinking.
“If I’m diligent in my work, everything is going to be fine.”