First a couple of tweets from Mike Wells today.
Tyler Hansbrough got full clearance today after visiting a doctor in Pittsburgh for a follow up appointment.
The appointment had been schedule for awhile. The doctor wanted him to come back for a check up after he played a couple of preseason game.
Then this article, there more there on other matters and a blurb on Roy, but I found this interesting and some of it new news to me.
Posted Oct 12 2010 9:15AM
By David Aldridge
Pacers happy Hansbrough ready to go
After missing nine months with a combination of maladies -- a concussion, followed by an infection that brought on a case of vertigo -- Tyler Hansbrough was finally back on the court Friday night for the Pacers, finishing with nine points in 19 minutes against Orlando. Indiana's 2009 first-round pick appeared in just 29 games last season before going down, and the Pacers have been very cautious in clearing him for increased activities during camp.
"Our doctors have told us to be real careful with it, and make sure that every day is a good day," Pacers general manager David Morway said. "Make sure he feels comfortable with it."
Hansbrough was supposed to be a big part of the rebuild that team president Larry Bird has been doing for the past few years. He loved Hansbrough's ability and toughness, and didn't hesitate to take him 13th overall in the Draft over the plethora of point guards -- Jrue Holiday, Eric Maynor, Jeff Teague and Darren Collison -- that the Pacers, desperately looking to replace T.J. Ford, could have taken. (Indiana wound up getting Collison this summer, along with veteran forward James Posey, in a trade with New Orleans.) But Hansbrough suffered a shin injury in camp last year and never got untracked.
Morway said Hansbrough isn't suffering any lingering effects from the concussion, suffered in December of last season. Coach Jim O'Brien had thought last year that Hansbrough may have been suffering from Post-Concussion Syndrome, after the vertigo showed no signs of abating. For weeks, Hansbrough continued having dizzy spells, problems with lights, bad headaches and nausea. But those symptoms have dissipated.
Concussions and their effects have become a big issue in all sports, and Hansbrough suffered a couple of concussions while he was an All-American at North Carolina. But the Pacers' doctors were more concerned with the infection that they believe led to the vertigo. Hansbrough has been OK the last few weeks, though, and Indiana would love to have him back on the court to take over at power forward, which is currently being manned by Josh McRoberts after the Pacers dealt Troy Murphy to the Nets in the offseason.
Last season, opposing teams shot seven more free throws per game than the Pacers, and they've been getting bludgeoned on the glass during the preseason, with Dwight Howard doing damage last week. Indiana hopes a healthy 6-foot-9 Hansbrough will help make up some of that difference.
"The doctors think he's over it," Morway said, "Everything's gone away ... he's gotten a couple of hits to the head (during practice) and been OK. We're just being extra, extra careful. We want to make sure he's ready for the start of the regular season"