Anderson Varejao's injury history is well documented. He's never played 82 games in a season and has had a season-ending injury in four seasons already.
Last year was one of those years, when Varejao went down with an achilles injury on Dec. 23 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, ending his season yet again. As the Cavs were making their run in the second half of the season and took the eventual champions Golden State to six games in the NBA Finals, Varejao watched from the sidelines the whole time. According to Chris Fedor of the Northeast Ohio Medie Group, Varejao said it was "one of the toughest times" of his career.
"It was tough," he admitted. "It was one of the toughest times of my career, especially after the last four years before last year. Going through a rebuilding process, we all know it's not fun. Last year everything was fine and I was ready for the season. We had a lot of expectations coming into the season, with LeBron coming back and a lot of new players. Unfortunately I could only play 27 games or something like that. Not being out there when I felt the team needed me and needed my experience, it was tough.
"It's a new season now and I'm healthy again. All I can ask for is no more injuries. I don't care about anything else. I will do whatever I have to. I just want to stay healthy."
As far as his status goes, he's a "full go" for training camp and this upcoming season. Whether or not how effective he is when he plays will be determined as the year goes on, as the history of players coming back from achilles injuries is not in favor of Varejao.