CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bobcats center Al Jefferson says there's a "very realistic" chance he will be back for Charlotte's regular season opener at Houston on Oct. 30.
Jefferson said Wednesday that, "If you ask me I'll be ready in another week or so, but (the training staff) wants to take it slow."
Jefferson, who signed a $41 million free agent contract this offseason, gave the Bobcats a scare when he sprained his right ankle in Friday's preseason game against the Miami Heat in Kansas City.
Jefferson says, "That's my goal — to be ready for the season opener. My ankle is healing real fast. Two days ago I was on crutches and now I'm in my regular shoes."
Jefferson says he's sprained his ankle "several times" during his career.
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