Chris Mihm is back healthy

L.A. Times: There was a time when Chris Mihm was the Lakers’ starting center, when he was athletic and mobile.

That was three years, three surgeries and countless frustrating moments ago.

Mihm is back healthy, his surgically repaired right ankle no longer an issue.

“I’ve been running around with a smile on my face,” Mihm said. “That hasn’t happened in two years.”

Mihm, 29, missed the 2006-07 season and has played in just 82 games the last three seasons.

He twice had surgery on his right ankle, one reconstructive. He had surgery on his right heel. He underwent three weekly sonar-wave treatments last season and still felt persistent pain.

The screw placed in the ankle was removed in February, the first positive sign for Mihm.

He returned home to Austin, Texas, this summer and worked out at his alma mater, Texas , and found himself fit for the first time in years.

“I’m playing above the rim again, which is fun,” Mihm said. “The last two years have been very frustrating for me, to say the least. Besides three surgeries, every time I’ve come back, I’ve been a shadow of the way I used to play.”

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  • RAZOR RAMON

    Looks like bynum might have some competition for the starting center position…

    im before the lock!

  • tradekwame11

    not for long

  • lakerfan81

    Thats good news. Mihm was having a pretty good season before he hurt his ankles. If that Mihm comes back the Lakers will be pretty deep in the front court, and have some injury insurance.

  • Lakers 24 7

    I hope Chris has been workin’ out with Bynum in the offseason. He needs some muscle.

  • kobean

    lets get josh moore

  • http://jamieinsider.celebuzz.com Jamie Spears Insider

    He’s not going to be starting center. However, he’ll be a very decent back up center.

  • kobean

    PG Fisher/Farmar/yue
    SG Kobe/Sasha/yue
    SF Lamar/Ariza/luke
    PF Gasol/Powell/Vlad
    C Drew/Mihm/DJ

  • daboss1848

    read the whole article – buried within is:

    Phil Jackson said Kobe Bryant, who decided against having surgery for a torn ligament in his right pinkie, has not “been shooting the ball well” in practice, but that his “game speed is there.”

  • Lakers 24 7

    [Comment ID #51736 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Thats dope

    We got 3 players at each postion, but 1 player from each postition will not see a lot of time.

    We got the starter
    The back up
    and the bench warmer

  • LakersFirst

    People forget that Mihm was a decent center before the injury (a very good back up at the least). His main problem is that he gets in quick foul trouble.

  • Michael_23

    He was a descent starting center before he got injured. He should be able to dominate over 2nd string centers.

  • west213

    now trade his ass

  • Sako

    mmmmmhhmm, he’s 100% now but i expect him to get a paper cut tomorrow & be out for another season.

  • yellowpurplefever

    That was very COOL of PJ let Mihm play in the Final last year. Let him taste the atmosphere and the intensity. I just hope that he can develop a 10-15 foot jumper this off season. As a back up to Andrew, he just needs to avg 6pts, 5rebs, 1blk and 10min. Good news for Chris

  • LAKERNATION

    GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ever since MIHM went down with that energy I couldn’t wait for him to get back and be his normal self. I still remember his rookie season (as a LAKER) just like what um……. I believe but maybe I heard mark Jackson (my 3rd favorite commentator, behind STU and JOEL) said that MIHM, before he went down could have easily be a starting center in this league. And I totally agree. I just hope that MIHM can bring that old self back into him. GOOD SHIT CHRIS!!!!!!!

  • DCLAKER

    Like I said before,’if’ he’s really 100 PERCENT and is “playing ABOVE the rim”….HAND OVER THE O’BRIEN!!!

    Vlad better be gettin’ better on defense like PJ said,or else…..

  • Michael_23

    It’s clear that if Mihm doesn’t show up this year, he’s not gonna get any more deals in the future.

    Remember Brian Grant? The most overpaid C/PF in the history of sports? haha I don’t know why I brought that up.