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October 25, 2011 at 1:15 AM

O’Brian White: “I’m happy with the way I’m progressing.”

white mug.jpgIt was nice to see forward O’Brian White out on the training field Monday, a first for me in a couple months. I caught up with the 25-year-old Jamaican for a short chat as he was on his way inside after warming up with trainer Randy Noteboom.

White is recovering from his second surgery this year to repair a blood-clot issue in his leg. Here’s the interview transcript:

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(I’m sure this is a question you get a lot, but how are you doing? How is your recovery going?) “It’s good. I’m just getting back on the field now and starting to jog and stuff. I’m just taking it easy; I’m not really in a rush. I’m just getting back out there, and they’re keeping a close eye on me and making sure everything is OK.”

(When you had the setback and it was decided you needed another surgery, how did the emotions compare to the first time?) “It was crazy. I was like, ‘Oh, not again.’ But it was there, I couldn’t change it, and the surgery was the best thing to do. I just tried to look at it in a positive way and hoped the surgery would go well, which it did. I just pray that it won’t happen again — that’s how it is. I was that close to being able to play and help the team, but then I wasn’t able to. But the team’s doing well, I’m happy for that. It kind of helps you through rehab when the team is winning.”

(Sometimes when guys get hurt they feel less a part of the team. Have you been able to stay in touch with everyone?) “Even when I was at the hospital, Sigi visited me so many times. The players, Adrian, Chris, they all came and visited. I never felt like I was alone. They were always there to help me with everything. They helped so my family could come at visit me. I never felt that I wasn’t a part of the team.”

(Schmid mentioned a vein transplant a while back. Was the surgery different this time?) “Yeah, this one was a bit different. It’s kind of like they used a bigger vein, so they hope it won’t happen again. I was definitely in the hospital for a long time.”

(What are the next steps for your recovery? Schmid said you were on the AlterG, anti-gravity treadmill, how’s that going?) “Yeah, I was on that, but I’m actually off it now, which is good. I’m making a few strides and they’ll keeping monitoring me. I’ve been working inside to build up my fitness and now I’m out jogging and working out in the gym and stuff. It’s a slow process, but I’m happy with the way I’m progressing. When I left the hospital I couldn’t even walk.”

(After your first surgery there was the question of, ‘Can he make it back for this season?’ Is it a little easier mentally knowing that you can take the whole offseason to get back?) “Kind of, but even the first time they were monitoring everything. It was just unfortunate that it happened again. Now there’s more time and I just hope it doesn’t happen again. That’s about it.”

(And you’ve been told preseason next year is a realistic goal?) “Yeah, for sure. They expect me to be playing by January. Now it’s just making the little steps. The first 80-percent is going to take a while, but then once I get over that I’ll be good and back at it.”

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