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Old 06-10-2009, 12:19 PM   #1
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Default Jason Smith cleared to play with no limitations

And here's even more news from Sixer-land, one day after the Reggie Evans-Jason Kapono trade: Sixers announced that center Jason Smith, who tore his ACL last summer, has been cleared by Dr. David Altchek to do basketball court work without limitations. Altchek reported he is "pleased with the progress" Smith has made.

"This is very encouraging news and a testament to the hard work Jason has put in over the past nine months," said Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski.

For the next two to three months, Smith will wear a left knee brace during on-court work. And his progress will continue to be monitored by the Sixers medical staff. The progression will be individual skill work, shooting drills, and then onto 1-on-1, 3-on-3, then 5-on-5 games. Sixers have set no timetable for this progression, but will base his progression on how he feels during each step.

Something I always liked about Jason was his ability to block a defender's dunk attempt. Has very good timing. Here's a vid I found...
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Default Re: Jason Smith cleared to play with no limitations

Hopefully he got stronger...that way he can be somewhat of a prescence on the glass. He was pretty weak.
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:07 PM   #3
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Smith was a rookie and he played in a small conference in college, so it's tough to gage where he will be after missing a year with a torn ACL, but he's never been a very good shot blocker, rebounder, or defensive player. Hopefully he'll develop those skills with age. He doesn't have the athleticism to be a great shot blocker, but he could develop into a decent rebounder and defensive player. The question is not whether he will do it, but how long it will take him. Considering that Sammy has his head in his culo and that Speights has some of the same weaknesses as Smith in terms of rebounding and defense, it would be nice if one of those guys pleasantly surprised us.
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