Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic addressed media members for the first time since severely spraining his left ankle in the final game of the regular season, having ditched his crutches a few days ago while keeping a walking boot.
“My ankle is definitely getting better, and I’m excited to be back in a few weeks, hopefully two,” he said.
Certainly better than it looked in this picture.
Vujacic explained that he is not sure whether he will be available should the Lakers advance to the second round; obviously his goal is to return as soon as possible, but his rehabilitation program has no specific return date. Sitting out, of course, has been anything but easy.
“The worst thing that could happen to an athlete or someone that wants to win and be out there,” said the Slovenian. “I’m trying to stay positive and put it behind me.”
Since the initial injury, on April 14, Vujacic and L.A.’s training staff has focused on reducing the swelling in the ankle and getting his range of motion back. The next step will be to strengthen the ankle.
In the meantime, Vujacic said he’s taken to shooting while seated in a chair, which isn’t much of a surprise.