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Quincy Pondexter remains steadfast on his New Orleans Pelicans comeback trail

This story deserves a happy ending.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans-Media Day Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It’s 5 a.m. Saturday morning in June — almost two months into the offseason for most NBA players — but Quincy Pondexter is diligently working on his strength and conditioning inside the New Orleans Pelicans practice facility.

By now everyone is well aware of Pondexter’s struggles to get back onto the court. Since undergoing an initial procedure on his knee back in the summer of 2015, he has endured a number of setbacks, and what was once coined by many as a very shrewd move by Dell Demps to bring QPon back to the team, is unfortunately chapters deep into one of the league’s sadder stories. That’s why if he were to return to playing status, the front office would consider it a bonus.

“This year, when he was with the team, his presence was felt just talking to guys, and we’d like to have him back,” Demps said. “I would actually consider that like a free-agent signing because we haven’t had him for the past two years.”

Offseasons have the tendency to make every picture rosier, yet it’s not hard to notice Pondexter seems to successfully be putting a good deal of stress on his balky knee. Check out the these two Instagram videos posted by Jason Sumerlin.

@quincypondexter 1x20 @ 5:00 on a Saturday. #hungry #nba #neworleans #pelicans #allin

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Will this road to recovery finally finish with the happy ending it so deserves? No one can predict that outcome with any certainty considering the seemingly infinite amount of rehabilitation, but it’s heartening to see Pondexter still possesses the requisite mentality.

More concretely, he believes his status is on the upswing.

In all likelihood, this offseason could very well be Pondexter’s last as he is entering the final year of his contract. In order to continue on as a player in the league, he’s going to have to prove his epitaph hasn’t been written yet and in the not too distant future.

Man, how great would it be if Quincy’s narrative suddenly deviates from it’s melancholy tune and a much anticipated return finally comes to fruition?!