One of the biggest questions surrounding Chris Wilcox continues to be his health. After a hard hit on the second day of training camp, the veteran big-man is still unable to get back to pratice for the Celtics as he battles back spasms. Coach Doc Rivers admitted he may be “a ways away.” Wilcox spoke to ESPN Boston:
“[Tests] came back and they just told me I had to take my time,” said Wilcox, whose 2011-12 season ended in March when an enlarged aorta was detected. “I’m just six months out of [heart] surgery, so I got back out here, everything was feeling so good and I missed the game so much, I’m just off here playing off of adrenaline. My body just wasn’t all the way healed, but, at the end of the day, every day it’s getting better for me and I’m just going to take my time.”
When pressed for a timetable Wilcox admitted he wasn’t sure when he’d be back and he’d be leaving that to the trainers. I am a huge Wilcox fan but seeing these problems pop up before the season even gets going is a bit disheartening. Wilcox still has plenty of time to get healthy before the season opener, but the most important thing is that he doesn’t rush back so that he’s able to stay healthy once he returns. He already knows the rotations and has chemistry with Rondo, so missed time shouldn’t be too much of a problem. In the meantime Sullinger, Collins, and Darko will pick up some of the slack.