Chris Wilcox has reportedly been cleared for full-court contact after heart surgery a few months ago ended his 2011-12 season. (NBA.com)
Wilcox’s cardiologist, Dr. Matt Hook, of the Wake Heart and Vascular Associates in Raleigh, N.C., cleared Wilcox for full contact in the last few days. Wilcox has been working out in North Carolina the last few weeks, lifting weights and doing cardio work, and is planning to go to Houston to continue his workouts with player development guru John Lucas.
Wilcox was almost too good last year. If he hadn’t had heart surgery, the Celtics never would have realized what they had in Greg Stiemsma. (On the other hand, Stiemer would be worth significantly less as a free agent if he hadn’t been showcased during the season’s second half — so maybe the C’s would have been better off that way? I know, I’m confusing. Also, Doc Rivers is allergic to rookies, even when they’re 27 years old).
Danny Ainge said today that the Celtics will consider re-signing Wilcox, a veteran presence who returned to Boston’s locker room several times just to hang out after his season ended prematurely. He doesn’t do anything particularly well, but he’s athletic, solid, and almost seven feet tall. Also, he’s good at catching alley oops.