Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson doesn't know when he will return to the lineup with his sprained knee _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) reacts to loss in a NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Oklahoma City Thunder in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.


New Orleans Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson said Friday that the swelling in his sprained right knee “has gone down a ton” but his return doesn't appear imminent.

Anderson, a backup power forward, suffered a sprained MCL during the second quarter in a game at the Miami Heat on Feb. 21, one quarter after Anthony Davis re-injured his sprained right shoulder. At the time, the Pelicans said it would take Anderson two to four weeks to heal and rehabilitate.

“I'm really working on a lot of getting mobility back, just walking,” said Anderson, speaking on the subject for the first time since the injury. “The past week I made big strides just getting out of a big knee brace. My flexibility is a lot better.”

Anderson's injury occurred when his foot was stepped on by Miami guard Mario Chalmers as he was going for the ball. His body appeared to go right while his knee went left.

Anderson said he still doesn't have enough range of motion in the knee to consider playing.

“It's just that rotation,” said Anderson, who is the Pelicans' top 3-point shooter and averaged 14.6 points. “I still haven't done anything on the court yet. We're still doing some pool work. I did stuff on the arc trainer, which is kind of a treadmill that takes some of the weight off your body.”

Anderson said he also has been doing strengthening work with the Pelicans trainers, but he could not pinpoint when he expects to return. However, it appears he will be out the next two weeks as expected, if not more.

“It's really just when my body feels good,” he said. “Obviously, this strength work is going to be a big part of the next few weeks and building back up and getting back on the court. Obviously, I want to get back as soon as I can, though.”

Anderson said no surgical procedure was needed.

“I remember jumping,” said Anderson, describing when the injury occurred. “I don't remember my ankle turning, but that was a big part of the video when I saw it. I just remember feeling my knee kind of cave in, and I felt a big pop. I'd never felt anything like that; I'd never had a knee injury. So, it was kind of that shock.”

The Pelicans have won six of seven with him out of the lineup, but he said he's not concerned about fitting in when he comes back.

“I've been injured before,” he said. “I just want to help the team win games as best I can.”