Mihm Back and Healthy for Lakers
Posted: 10/5/2008 7:57:00 AM
Source: LA 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."
Mihm averaged career highs in points (10.2) and minutes (26.1) as the starting center during the 2005-06 season. He played in 59 games before the ankle injury.
Each time Mihm tried to come back, he had been robbed of everything.
"Being an athletic player, someone that's used to moving and playing above the rim, I was just running around setting picks and I couldn't get my hands on balls," said Mihm, who is in the last year of a contract that pays him $2.5 million. "That made everything that much harder to take."
Seems like a good sign.
Edited by KuYa JL, October 05, 2008 - 10:35 AM.