After missing virtually all of last season with a ruptured right Achilles, Jerome James has attended all of the team's practices so far. But the 7-1 center, who was acquired in February last season from the New York Knicks, still is a long way from being able to be a factor on the court.
"Obviously, he's a long ways away in terms of his conditioning, but he's working out and he's healthy," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "He hasn't played basketball for a while and that makes it difficult. But he's been doing his work and we'll just try and monitor that as we go along."
James has only played in four games the last two seasons because of injury and the inactivity hasn't been good for his waistline. He probably needs to drop at least 25-30 pounds before he can be a contributor on the practice floor.
But if he stays healthy and gets in condition, perhaps James could be a factor in the second half of the season in practice and as an extra big body off the bench. He certainly will be motivated to show he can play because his contract expires after this season.