When New Orleans Pelicans big man Jason Smith underwent season-ending surgery to repair his injured right shoulder last season, the expectation was that he would be ready to go for the start of the 2013-14 campaign. However, Smith continues to rehab from injury, and he’s yet to be medically cleared to participate in contact work. Smith told John Reid of NOLA.com that all he can do at this point is continue in his recovery process and hope that he’s cleared in time for the start of training camp Oct. 1.
``That's best guess right now because you never know if things will flare up when you hit somebody,'' Smith said earlier this week after participating in the team's volunteer workouts at the Pelicans new practice facility. ``You put in the time to rest and recover and you put in the work to strengthened it and get back in shape. That's all I can do right now is try to get in the best shape that I can.''
Smith was forced to play through extensive pain last season. It’s not clear where he’s at in his rehab at this point, but it sounds like he should be back to rejoin the Pelicans roughly around the start of the season, assuming he doesn’t suffer a setback when contact begins.