Making his return to the hardwood for the Austin Spurs on Tuesday, the 6-11 power forward/center scored eight points and dished out two assists in a win. It was a welcome sight for Spurs fans that have long anticipated his debut in San Antonio.
Following the game, Collins provided an update about what he believes the plan for his return looks like.
As Collins shared with the media, he expects to play one more game in Austin on Friday as they take on the Memphis Hustle at 8:30 pm ET. This hints that he won't travel to Edinburg for Wednesday's road game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
The feedback from Zach was encouraging after his 19 minutes with the San Antonio's G League affiliate.
Collins hasn't seen NBA action since August 2020, when he helped the Portland Trail Blazers go 6-2 in the Orlando bubble before an injury had him sidelined for those playoffs. Now, he and the rest of the Spurs are excited for what he can bring when he finally makes his debut.
"We are going to be welcoming him with open arms," said Keldon Johnson. "He’s got that grit, that tenacity. He’s mean, he has attitude. We are looking forward to playing with him." Johnson also revealed the entire team plus Gregg Popovich were watching Collins' Austin debut before their game against the Phoenix Suns on Monday.
The Spurs have been missing toughness and length down low, so the return of Collins should pay immediate dividends. Hopefully, Sunday or Tuesday will finally be the day the entire roster is healthy for the first time all year.