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Pelicans Injury Update: Ryan Anderson cleared for full body contact

By on 9/05/2014 11:30:00 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 has been cleared for full body contact and should be ready for the start of training camp.

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As reported by John Reid of, Anderson announced on his Twitter account that he's been medically cleared to begin contact work. Anderson was initially not expected to resume basketball activities for four to six months following surgery.  Anderson had been working his way back through rehabilitation.

The Pelicans had numerous injuries to deal with last season, including those to Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans and Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said he expects everyone to be fully recovered when training camp opens.

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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