NEW ORLEANS - It's been a painful
10-day stretch for Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, both physically and
emotionally, since herniating two discs in a frightening collision with Gerald
Wallace in Boston on Jan. 3.
Anderson is now sidelined
for up to two months as he tries to allow his c5 and c6 discs to heal on their
own, but he's not ruling out a return to action this season.
"I'm going to get
another MRI within the next month or two months, depending on how the healing
goes," Anderson said. "I will get surgery if it's not healing properly. If my
body heals on its own, which the doctors say there's a good chance it
will, then I'll get back to normal exercise and get back on the court,
Anderson need surgery, he says doctors told him it is a relatively safe
procedure, similar to what NFL quarterback and New Orleans native Peyton
Manning underwent in 2011, prior to successfully leading the Denver
Broncos the past two seasons.
"He seems to have recovered
pretty well," Anderson smiled in his first interview since doctors carted him
off the court in Boston.
There hasn't been much for
Anderson to smile about lately. The shooting nerve pain from his elbow to his
hands made it excruciating for Anderson to simply rest his arms on his bed.
Now, with the help of medication, Anderson says the pain is starting to
Doctors do not believe
Anderson's injury is a career-threatening one, as long as he allows it to fully
heal, according to the sharp-shooter.
Monday Anderson sat on the
Pelicans' bench cheering on his team inside the New Orleans Arena as they
battled the San Antonio Spurs. For now, Anderson is limited to attending home
games, unable to travel for road games. The sixth-year NBA veteran is focusing
on resting this week, a necessary component to his initial recovery from the
"The number one thing I
know right now is to take this week of rest," Anderson said. "The hardest part
right now is just being away from the team. It's hard because I haven't been
able to do much. Moving forward, I definitely want to be a leader and an
encourager off the court, a vocal guy. This is such a young group. We need
veteran-leadership guys to step up, and this is an opportunity for me to do
Anderson also thanked fans
and well-wishers for all of the support he's received. During an obviously
difficult time, he says their prayers and concerns have encouraged him.
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