Report: Anderson Varejao ‘cleared for all basketball activities’

 

Nov 21, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao has been cleared for all basketball-related activities. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao has been cleared for all basketball-related activities. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland.com’s Terry Pluto reports Cleveland Cavaliers’ big man Anderson Varejao has been medically cleared for all basketball activities, meaning the injury-plagued center will be a full participant when NBA training camps open on September 29th:

I hear that Anderson Varejao was been cleared for all basketball activities when the Cavs open training camp in a few weeks. Varejao missed 57 games last season because of a leg injury followed by blood clots. In the last three seasons, he has played only 81 games … and missed 149 … due to various injuries.

Varejao’s injury record makes for depressing reading. As Pluto noted, Varejao has barely played one season’s worth of games spread over the past three due to various ailments, some of which suggest the Brazilian is injury-prone (multiple lower-leg issues) and others that smack of sheer misfortune (A blood clot). Regardless, Varejao has now missed in excess of 250 games since entering the league nine years ago.

Regardless of his injury reputation, Varejao will now enter the new season with a clean bill of health, a major boost for a franchise desperate to lay to rest the hangover from LeBron James’ departure three summers ago as they seek to return to the playoffs for the first time since his departure. Varejao’s clearance is a plus in a team that boasts two other star names with the injury-prone tag, Andrew Bynum (Zero games played and one bowling injury in the past fifteen months) and Kyrie Irving (yet to appear in more than 67 games in any one season).

Varejao was on course for a career year before last season’s injuries forced him to miss the final 57 games. With per-game averages of 14.4 rebounds, 5.5 on the offensive glass combined with 14.1 points, Varejao would have earned serious All-Star consideration in a fallow era of talented big men.

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