Right now, Delonte Westís basketball-related activities essentially amount to one-handed floaters. Even though he had his cast removed earlier this week, doctors have told him not to even touch a basketball with his right hand for at least another week.
ďI canít pick up weights or anything heavy,Ē he said. ďJust movements and anything natural."
Five games after returning to the lineup following a 10-game suspension, West broke his wrist, requiring surgery Nov. 30. The painís gone away, he said, but at this point the injury is still restrictive. Next week, he hopes to be able to get back to lifting and doing things with his right (non-shooting) hand.
ďIím in the right mind frame,Ē West said. ďIím conditioning as much as I can with the left hand with the basketball. But I canít force the stiffness out of it or the movement.
He works out four times a day he, soaking the wrist, going through different movements and stretches, and working out the scar tissue, but he doesnít eye a return for few weeks.
ďThatís all I can do is do the treatments that they gave me,Ē West said. ďMy conditioningís there. My bodyís there, itís just you canít force it. You can try as much as you want to work out the stiffness, but itís only time. Itís just a waiting game for me. Each day itís loosening up more and more,Ē he said. ďBut Iím still a few weeks away.Ē