New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson announced on Wednesday that he has been cleared to begin contact work. Anderson sustained a season-ending neck injury during a January game against the Celtics
Anderson sustained a season-ending neck injury during a January game against the Celtics and underwent surgery on his cervical spin for a herniated disc in April.
He announced the news on his Twitter and Instagram accounts:
I'm cleared for contact! After 8 months out, I can finally play again. Thank you God! http://t.co/gIgcP7ZF61— Ryan Anderson (@ryananderson33) September 3, 2014
The 26-year-old has spent six seasons in the NBA with three different teams, and has increased his scoring output each season. In 22 games last season before the injury, he averaged 19.8 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from the three-point line.
Anderson won the league's Most Improved Player award in 2012.
Pelicans training camp begins in three weeks, with their first preseason game scheduled for Oct. 4.
- Molly Geary