A day after suffering a concussion during practice, Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum says his condition has improved, though he is still suffering from headaches and has not yet been cleared to return to practice.
“I’m feeling better today. I’ve still got headaches,” said Batum. “I took a nap and I woke up with a headache again, so I can’t really be on the bench … I have to stay behind in the video room. I don’t know if I’m going to play in the next game, too. Gonna try to take my time because that was pretty scary moment for me.”
The 6-9 forward from France said he momentarily lost vision after he hit the back of his head on the basket stanchion after colliding with Will Barton while going up for a fastbreak dunk. He initially tried to continue practicing but took himself off the court once he started showing symptoms of concussion.
“I get a steal, I try to go for a dunk on the fastbreak and Will tried to block my shot and I fell down on the floor and my head hit the pad (on the basket stanchion) and had like jerking movement,” said Batum. “I had a huge headache when it happened. I was a little lost when it happened. I tried to keep practicing but then after that I started to feel sick and it got worse and worse so I just stopped and went to see the doctor.”
Batum was reevaluated Wednesday morning, though he has not gone through the NBA’s concussion protocols. He expects to go through the battery of tests on Thursday that the NBA requires players who have sustained concussions to pass before returning to practice. He will not watch Wednesday’s game against the Suns from the bench as a precaution.
He will travel with the team to Boise on Thursday, though it is uncertain whether he will be cleared to play in time for Friday’s game against the Jazz.