Speaking before Saturday’s New Orleans Zephyrs’ game that involved teammate Brian Roberts throwing out the first pitch, New Orleans Pelicans forward Jason Smith said he's continuing his rehabilitation work after requiring surgery in March to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder that forced him to miss the final 24 games of the season.
Although he is progressing, Smith said he likely won’t be able to do any basketball work until training camp begins next fall.
``I’m just doing a lot of rehab and I’ve got to get the shoulder right,’’ Smith said. ``I’m putting in a lot of work with the training staff, getting the shoulder stronger and making progress day by day. ’’
Smith initially injured his shoulder during a Dec. 12 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder when he blocked an attempted dunk by forward Kevin Durant. But he decided to avoid surgery in December and play though the pain to keep from missing significant time. Smith played although he said that he felt extensive pain in shoulder when opposing players would collide into him or when he extended his arm to make a block attempt.