If you had a chance to check out the post-SuperDraft comments from coach Sigi Schmid the other day, you might have noticed that he made a couple mentions to the uncertain recovery of O’Brian White, particularly in reference to the team’s second-round pick of UAB forward Babayele Sodade.
After a strong start to the 2011 season, White twice had surgery to repair a blood clot in his left leg and there are serious questions to whether he’ll be able to make a full recovery. And since Schmid expressed continued concern a couple times on his own, I asked the coach if White had a setback this offseason or if the worry is due to the same question marks that have always been there.
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“It’s sort of the same question marks that were there when we left camp last year. It’s the whole progression for him, and as you’re coming back from what he’s gone through, as well, you end maybe running a little bit differently. So he’s had not necessarily a major setback there, but some issues that he’s had to deal with.
The real question with O’Brian and the hurdle that we really have to overcome is once he’s able to get out there on a full-time basis, is it going to reoccur? Because if you remember he had the blood clot, he got back out there, played the 45 minutes in the reserve game and then it came back again. So that’s going to be the real crux of the matter. That’s what’s going to determine, ‘Hey, is he going to be able to make it back? Is he going to be able to be a force again? Is he going to be able to be the player he was?’ That once he’s able to play full out, is the blood clot situation going to reoccur?
We’re still a ways away from being able to determine that. Ultimately, that’s going to be the key determination. That’s why I was saying I don’t when it’s going to be that he gets back, because we haven’t gotten close to that determining point yet.”