Basketball: Jabari Bird ready to play

Cal freshman Jabari Bird, who has missed the past four games after spraining his ankle, practiced for the first time Monday and will play Wednesday when the Bears host Washington.

“He practiced hard today … didn’t limp. He pretty much looked as if he wasn’t worried about it,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “There’s probably some rust there. I anticipate him getting better every day.”

Bird started nine of Cal’s first 12 games and averaged 11.3 points before spraining his ankle Dec. 22 at Creighton.

Montgomery said he’s not sure how much Bird will play immediately.

“He’ll have to earn his way back into this thing,” Montgomery said. “We’re  won four (straight) games, got a little chemisty. Talent-wise he’s a real plus for us.”

Forward David Kravish said Bird was moving well in practice Monday and he doesn’t expect it to take long for the shooting guard to regain his rhythm.

“He’s only been out (three) weeks. He hasn’t forgot how to play,” Kravish said.

Kravish isn’t worried that Cal’s chemistry will be impacted by the return of Bird or eventually Ricky Kreklow (broken hand), who likely will be out another week or two.

“It”s one of the things we did when they were out — we had to adapt,” Kravish said. “Jordan (Mathews) is starting now because of injuries. It shows the depth of our team.”

Even Mathews, who used the greater opportunity to score a career-high 32 points in last Thursday’s win at Oregon, isn’t concerned about how greater depth will impact the minutes he plays.

“We have so many weapons,” he said. “We just incorporate him back in and nothing’s really going to change.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • Calfan1

    Nice to have Jabari back. This run has been great but it’s not sustainable with just 6 guys!!

  • Calfan1

    Hope we don’t lose Juancho, wisdom, Covina…. Etc to the new comments infrastructure

  • bigdruid

    Hey! We got quality minutes from Behrens and Powers against OSU. That makes 7!

  • Go Bears!

  • Mitch

    Good news. Although, ironically, our record with him as a starter kind of stinks.

  • Juancho

    Juancho isnt going anywhere.

  • covinared

    So long as I can post, I am on board.

  • Pasadena Dave

    I’m commenting only to see how I like this new discussion engine.

  • Pasadena Dave

    Blah…don’t like it. I like having the older comments up top…

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    why can’t i claim moren’s handle? or has it been banned?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    oh. i guess i can.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    It’s going to be pretty sweet getting Bird back on the court. I hope he’s not rushing it and is truly ready to roll. Go Bears!

  • BlakeStreetBear

    You can sort the comments by time, click where it says “Newest” then choose “Oldest”. Voila!

    It will be interesting as to where in the rotation Jabari ends up. I assume Mathews still starts, but also that Powers will continue to get meaningful minutes, probably at Jabari’s expense. Also more rest for Wallace will be good. He balled all 40 minutes at pku!

    Go Jabari! Go Bears!

  • Will

    Rope man reporting for duty. Go Bears!

  • 1brsfan

    Good to see Moron is no longer such a moron…

  • IAmAlcindor

    The original moron is still pouting since he lost his name. This is the last place it existed. Banned at SFGate, banned at BI, banned on the SC boards. Morencsarecoming is now dead. Like the original’s love life.