Pietrus: injury 'could have been worse'

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Pietrus: injury 'could have been worse'

PHILADELPHIA When Mickael Pietrus went down in the second quarter of Boston's 98-86 loss at Philadelphia on Friday, the 6-foot-6 swingman was concerned.

Laying on the court after an awkward landing, the 6-foot-6 swingman didn't know what to think.

Family. Friends. Teammates. His career.

A wave of cascading emotions and concerns and fears all came crashing down upon his thoughts.

Now on his way back to Boston, Pietrus feels fortunate knowing he will eventually resume his playing career sooner rather than later.

"We have been playing good basketball and to end the trip like that was sad," Pietrus told CSNNE.com.

He added, it "could have been worse."

Seeing him lay motionless on the court brought back memories of Marquis Daniels from a year ago when he suffered a season-ending injury that many believed would finish off his career.

Daniels had surgery which eventually allowed him to resume his career. And in the offseason, Daniels re-signed with the Celtics.

No one understands better what Pietrus was feeling on the Wachovia Center court better than Daniels.

Daniels recalls his thoughts immediately turning towards his family, which not surprisingly, was among Pietrus' early concerns as well.
Upon returning to Boston, he will be reevaluated by the Celtics medical staff.

Depending on how those tests go, Pietrus could be back on the floor as early as Sunday's game against Washington.

Pietrus is eager to get back on the floor, naturally.

But he has no plans to come back too soon.

Just knowing that the NBA is still a part of his life after a "scary" fall for those who witnessed it - and for the man who actually experienced it - is in itself a victory.

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."