Danny Granger spoke about his health during the Indiana Pacers‘ media day, and it sounds like he still has a way to go before he is fully healthy. The Pacers will have the next month to evaluate Granger and figure out where he will fit into their plans for the beginning of the season.
Granger made it clear that whether he starts or not is nothing he is currently concerning himself with. All that matters to him is that the Pacers win, which is exactly what you want to hear from a player coming off knee surgery.
Training Camp begins today, followed by the Pacers’ first preseason game on Oct. 5 against the Chicago Bulls. Granger told the media that he stayed in Indiana all summer, working out intensely to prepare himself for the upcoming season. He also said training camp and preseason basketball were very different beasts when it came to testing his knees psychically.
The final starting spot will be up for grabs between Granger and Lance Stephenson during training camp. It would appear Stephenson has the upper hand, based on Granger’s comments on his health, but it’s also Granger’s spot to lose. The Pacers will need to make sure Granger doesn’t over do it, so as not to re-aggravate his injury.
October will be a big month for Granger. It’s his opening shot at proving he can return healthy from his injuries. He will then have the regular season to prove he can play a full season, something he will need to prove if he expects a decent contract, from any team, at the end of the season. Either way, his health is the main concern, and they have a month to figure it out.