jason smith

It has been just short of a month since Hornets power forward Jason Smith absorbed two blows to the head at Detroit that left him with a concussion, one that has proven serious enough to keep him off the floor since, with an uncertain timetable to return.

Smith spoke with reporters for the first time Friday since the Feb. 4 loss to the Pistons when he was was injured, on a hard foul by Detroit’s Greg Monroe, who later got Smith in the head again.

Under the NBA’s new concussion policy, Smith has been evaluated by team physician Dr. Matthew McQueen, as well as neurological specialists, and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the newly appointed director of the NBA’s concussion program, also reviews results of current testing against baseline readings obtained from every player during training camp.

Smith said Friday he is still experiencing concussion-related symptoms, which trouble him personally and professionally.

– Reported by Jimmy Smith of the New Orleans Times-Picayune