BOSTON — Mickael Pietrus' comeback from his scary fall in Philadelphia on March 23 has not gone well, but the veteran swingman stopped by the Celtics locker room prior to Sunday's game to say hello to his teammates.
For many of the Celtics, it was their first time speaking with Pietrus since the injury.
"It was good to see him," Celtics forward Brandon Bass said. "He was behind the shades tonight, but it was good to see him."
Pietrus has yet to undergo the tests that are part of the NBA's new post-concussion protocol. He was seen wearing dark sunglasses during his visit, as he is still sensitive to light, but he has been sending text messages with teammates and updating fans on his progress via Twitter.
"This is his first day venturing into the light, literally," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I think he's going to come in, say hi to the guys and then we're going to try to get him back in the car, get him back home. He's not responding very well."
Rivers reiterated his view that Pietrus will be back at some point this season, possibly for the playoffs, but did not rule out Pietrus missing the rest of the season.