He never thought his first NBA season would be spent in street clothes, shuffling in and out of doctors' offices trying to figure out what's wrong.
But that's what Hansbrough has dealt with this season. His latest problem -- an inner ear infection and/or possible concussion -- has kept him sidelined for most of the past two-plus months. The Pacers aren't expecting him to return this season.
"It really is miserable for me to be dealing with this injury," Hansbrough said recently. "I've never had an injury like this where it's kept me out a long time. It's something I'm trying to get over and get healthy."
Hansbrough's current diagnosis remains a mystery.
The team has been calling it an inner ear infection since late December. Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said two weeks ago that it possibly could be a concussion, caused when Hansbrough took a hit in a game in Boston in late December.
"It could be a combination of those two. We're not really sure," Hansbrough said.
He is working out some and is evaluated on a regular basis, but there is no timetable for his return.
The Pacers plan for Hansbrough to play on their summer league team, and O'Brien said next season will be like another rookie year for him.
"I've had some bad luck this year," Hansbrough said. "Hopefully I'll get over it soon. Four games my senior year at (North) Carolina because of my shin is the most games I've ever missed until this year."
Hansbrough has played in four games since Dec. 29. Dizzy spells caused him to go back to the bench. He hasn't played since. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 29 games.
Hansbrough hasn't traveled with the team in more than a month. He used his free time to watch his younger brother play at Notre Dame and visit friends who go to school in Evansville. Hansbrough recently got into playing video games.
"I've got to find a way to pass the time," he said. "I know I'll get past this. I'll recover from it and I'm looking forward to getting back out there playing again."
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