New Orleans Pelicans', no longer Hornets', Austin Rivers is expected to have his cast removed on Monday. Rivers broke his hand during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 6th. In doing so, he says he will be ready for the team's player development program, as reported by Darrell Williams of The Advocate.
“I plan to hit the ground running,” he said. “I’ll start rehab right away, and I’ll take two weeks to get my strength back where it was, lifting and running. Then, after that, I’ll get right into workouts.”
"I just want to get better at finishing (in the lane) with either hand,” he said. “Next year, when I come back, I can get to the rim and go either way. That’s hard to stop.”During his college and high school days, Rivers was widely criticized by viewers for consistently going towards the right. At that level of basketball, it may have been harder to force him to go left but now that he is in the NBA, the competition is much harder and he will have to adapt to those around him, rather than have players adapt to him. He mentioned that he is dedication on improving his strength and conditioning while eyeing the starting point guard slot.