WALTHAM, Mass. — Mickael Pietrus looked cheerful and full of energy as he departed the practice court on Tuesday. None of that means anything, of course — Pietrus might be the most persistently happy person on the planet, head injury or not.
Still, his appearance without the sunglasses and hooded sweatshirt he has worn since suffering a concussion March 23 in Philadelphia was a step in the right direction, even if he did not practice or speak with the media.
"He actually looked alert [Tuesday]," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who thought Pietrus' condition was still worrisome Sunday when Pietrus visited prior to the game against the Heat. "He walked in and yelled, 'I feel better!' I don't know what the hell that means."
Pietrus may feel better, but he has yet to begin preliminary tests required as part of the NBA's concussion policy. Once Pietrus begins the tests, Rivers said, it would be at least a week afterward until he would be cleared.