NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson is set to miss 1-3 weeks after suffering a fracture to the second toe of is his right foot, the team announced Wednesday, hours before their first regular season game.
Anderson (6-foot-10) is one of New Orleans’ key reserves off the bench. According to a release by the team, he had experienced discomfort in the toe during practice.
“I honestly don’t know exactly what it was that did it but after practice I felt it and it was pretty painful,” Anderson said. “I went in to get an X-ray and the X-ray looked good but I guess they had to do a double take on it and they found a small little chip in it.”
Anderson said surgery won’t be necessary and, furthermore, the injury isn’t one that can get worse.
The main issue will be more about pain tolerance, the forward said, than anything else.
“Obviously it just happened so today it’d be hard for me to get over the pain level,” Anderson said. “I’m going to keep working on it and I’m going to get back as soon as I can, as soon as it feels good.”
In 2012-13, his first year in New Orleans, he averaged 16.2 points per game, a career best, and made 38.2 percent of his 3-pointers. He also averaged 6.4 rebounds per game, playing in all but one of the then-Hornets’ contests.