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Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi says shoulder injury ‘not as bad as everybody thought’

Ian Mahinmi, Tony Brothers

Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) argues a call with official Tony Brothers during the second half of Game 1 in their NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Ian Mahinmi was forced out of FIBA World Cup action for France with a shoulder injury that was expected to sideline him for at least 2-3 months.

A week later, however, Mahinmi seems to believe that it wasn’t as serious as was first diagnosed, and that he’ll be back on the court in a matter of weeks.

From Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports:

“No surgery, no injections,” Mahinmi told Thursday. “So it’s not as bad as everybody thought it would be.

“Obviously there’s a healing process and then treatment, and then I have to get strength back in my shoulder. Then, I’m good to go.”

While Mahinmi did not provide a timetable, he hopes it will only keep him away from basketball activities for a few weeks.

The Pacers have enough problems, obviously, after losing Lance Stephenson in free agency, and Paul George to an injury that will force him to miss all of next season.

Mahinmi’s role on the team isn’t nearly as substantial, but he is a capable backup big man who can spell Roy Hibbert at times, and averaged 16.2 minutes per game last season.

The Pacers will take any good news at this point, and this is certainly that where Mahinmi’s status is concerned for next season.