When Delonte West works out at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham, it looks like he can do what's needed to play in a basketball game. He shoots layups. He catches passes. It looks like he might be ready to make a return from the broken right wrist he suffered in late November.
But the Celtics guard knows that's not the case. Yet.
"Looks can be decieving," West said. "I'm catching passes and dribbling, but I'm not doing anything really with a lot of force. Force definitely gives me discomfort right now."
Because of the severe weather around the country, the Celtics were stranded on the West Coast, which caused West to miss a recent check-up appointment. Until he knows more about his wrist, he isn't sure when he will be ready to return to practice. He hopes it's soon.
"We're approaching the All-Star break and prayerfully I can be ready before then," he said. "But if not, I'll definitely be ready to start the second half of the season."