Illini's Mike Tisdale suffering from shin splints
After Illinois senior center Mike Tisdale gained nearly 30 pounds in the offseason, Illinois coach Bruce Weber became concerned Tisdale's recent complaint with leg pain might be a little more than nagging issues from grueling preseason conditioning. But an MRI earlier this week confirmed Illinois' initial diagnosis.
It's only shin splints, Weber said, and a matter of a few days off to clear it up rather than any signs of a stress fracture.
"He doesn't have any structural damage,'' Weber said. "Our fear a little bit is that he put on all those pounds. You worry a little bit about the structure of his body. That's why we went and got an MRI. It's the tissue around your shin, maybe a tendinitis thing.
"This is when they all hurt. There's a difference between being injured and having pain. You have to fight through it.''
Tisdale timed a 5:38 in the mile run to set the best time in his career. He's also performed extremely well in other conditioning sessions, Weber said.
While Tisdale went through some light shooting drills, Illinois freshman forward Jereme Richmond sat out the workout Wednesday with back spasms. Practice officially begins on Oct. 15.
NOTE: Former Illini guard Jamar Smith, who finished his career at Division II Southern Indiana, worked out with the Illini Wednesday after a brief stay in preseason camp with the Boston Celtics.
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