From ESPN Insider:
The Pacers have officially classified Tyler Hansbrough‘s injury as an inner-ear infection/concussion, something he’s been struggling with since December, according to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.
But Hansbrough is also suffering from effects of vertigo. In a recent interview on NBA TV, Pacers coach Jim O’Brien said that Hansbrough “still has a little vertigo,” according to the paper.
Wells writes that vertigo gives a human the abnormal sense of spinning or movement when no movement is occurring.
“It can impact athletes pretty significantly,” Dr. Vincent Ostrowski of the Midwest Ear Institute told the paper. “These are people that have incredibly quick senses of balance. It is very difficult for an athlete because balance is something we all take for granted.
“When an athlete has to be slowed down because a movement is causing symptoms, it’s going to impair them, sometimes dramatically.”
Hansbrough is lifting weight and is back on the court participating in drills full-speed, but they are of the non-contact variety, according to Wells.
It’s been a slow climb for Hansbrough to get over this, and the Pacers are taking no chances as they carefully work him back.
But signs are pointing to Hansbrough likely being recovered at some point next season, and his energy could give the team a nice spark off the bench behind Troy Murphy at the 4, assuming Murphy isn’t traded, of course.
Oh yeah, don’t expect a daily column today. You will be seeing columns numerously, but not everyday.