This off-season, Jeff Foster was re-signed by the only team he has known in his 13-year NBA career. He has yet to see the court this season, however, as his often-balky back has prevented him from playing. He has spent his down time going through treatment with the training staff and is now ready to resume contact drills. Today he will do just that, and — if all goes well — he will suit up to make his season debut in Miami against the Heat tomorrow night.
The good news is that the aggravating injury has been continually referred to as a “tweak.” And the man himself says that it’s not so much that it’s serious, it’s just that he is old and this is a long-standing condition that now requires more care and discretion than it did when he was younger.
“I’m about to be 35 in two weeks,” he said. “I would have definitely tried to play in all these games if this were a few years ago, but I think we know what to expect from my back. It’s a long season in a short period of time with a lot of games.
“The staff came up with a plan of prevention and treatment to keep me going these extra four years and we’re going to keep going until the wheels fall off.”
Lou Amundson has filled out the front court rotation pretty well in Foster’s absence. And the team is 4-1. But both team president Larry Bird and Coach Frank Vogel believe that Foster — who has played in more playoff games than the whole starting lineup has combined — can become another needed veteran presence on the court for this young team.
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