Jan Vesely was on the court at TD Garden on Monday in a T-shirt and shorts, doing some non-contact drills and leg exercises with resistance bands as head athletic trainer Eric Waters monitored him.
As he walked off the court, signing autographs for fans before heading to the locker room, Vesely said he feels “better.”
Vesely had a shot in his injured right hip last week and Coach Flip Saunders said he would be evaluated when the team arrives in Orlando. “Vesely’s making progress,” Saunders said. “Hopefully, he can do some active things on Wednesday and if he can, he might be able to progress enough to play Friday” against New York.
Vesely, the sixth pick in last June’s draft, has yet to make his NBA debut after developing some discomfort in his hip on the last day of training camp. He played in the preseason opener against Philadelphia, scoring seven points off the bench, but has been limited since. He has only done light exercises and been unable to fully practice.
Vesely didn’t travel with the Wizards for the first two road games last week after developing the flu, but he actually credited the illness for allowing him to rest and heal. “I think maybe it helped a little bit. I rest like two days. I didn’t do anything. Everything slowed down and I feel better,” Vesely said.
But Vesely has had a difficult time sitting out as the Wizards (0-5) have opened the season as the NBA’s only winless team. “It’s tough to sit on the bench and see the players, they are playing and they are playing bad,” Vesely said. “Of course, I want to try to help the team.”
Being sick and injured hasn’t spared Vesely from some good-natured ribbing on his dress-code worthy wardrobe. His teammates gave him a hard time for wearing a white-linen sport coat to the Wizards’ 94-86 loss to Boston on Sunday.
When asked if he could return this week, Vesely said, “I don’t know. Depends on the workout and everything. I’ll see.”