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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pelicans Injury Update: Ryan Anderson hopes to be 100 percent by camp


By on 8/26/2014 10:45:00 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans had a tough 2013-2014 season with a 34-48 record, 28 games behind the San Antonio Spurs in the Southwest Division. The season-ending injury to Ryan Anderson on January 3 typified the season for the Pelicans. Anderson was enjoying his best season to date when he collided Boston’s Gerald Wallace. The good news is that Anderson was back with his teammates and expects to be ready for training camp.

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As reported by Jim Eichenhofer of NBA.com, Anderson was with several of his teammates on Monday for basketball-related activities.  It was Anderson's first such activity in over seven-months.  After a difficult past year for Anderson, he's back with the Pelicans and expects to be 100 percent by the start of training camp on September 29.

Anderson has been cleared to be back on the court, but is a few weeks away before being allowed to play in pickup games.
“I can do everything with the guys as far as shooting workouts, drills, weights and conditioning. I just can’t play five-on-five or (even) one-on-one basketball. My disc is fused, which is good, but if I take the risk of getting hit too soon, it just wouldn’t be a good thing. I have a few more weeks, so training camp I’ll be ready to go all out. I just can’t wait to play contact basketball again. I can’t wait for that day. Until then I want to build up strength, get stronger and really work on my conditioning, and get back to normal.”
Anderson was the Nets first round pick in 2008 out of California.  He averaged 7.4 points and 4.7 rebounds as a rookie.  He steadily improved to a double-digit per game scorer with the Orlando Magic, averaging 10.6 points in 64 games in 2010-2011.  Anderson was enjoying his best NBA season this year, averaging 19.8 points on 40.9 percent from beyond the arc and 95.2 percent from the free throw line.  In 357 career games, Anderson has averages of 12.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.




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