Dalembert OK to play

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

A little more than two months ago, centre Sam Dalembert was helping Canada's national basketball team earn a berth in the last-chance Olympic qualifier with a fifth-place finish at the FIBA Americas Championship.

Dalembert, who said yes to the national program while others -- we're talking about Toronto's own Jamaal Magloire -- refused, didn't come out of the tournament completely healthy.

Following the tournament, Dalembert learned that he had a stress fracture in his left foot.

The stress fracture limited Dalembert's involvement in the Sixers' pre-season but he finally got clearance to return last Thursday following an MRI. Sixers head coach Maurice Cheeks told the Philadelphia media yesterday that he believes he can get 30 minutes out of Dalembert in tonight's opener.

"It's a little tender, a little sore, but nothing major or nothing that will keep me out from playing (tonight)," Dalembert said following practice yesterday.

ALMOST HEALTHY

Chris Bosh believes he's back to 100% health, but that might not mean he's in 100% playing shape just yet following a training-camp knee injury that kept him off the floor for three of Toronto's seven games.

"I'm just going to go all out," Bosh said. "I think the only pain is going to be in my lungs. I expect I'll be tired early but after that I think I'll get my second wind and be all right."

Head coach Sam Mitchell said he'll monitor Bosh's health closely.

"We don't want him out there playing tired and re-injuring himself when he doesn't have gas in the tank," Mitchell said. "I've been around Chris long enough to know when he's tired and he knows me well enough and he's honest enough with me to let me know when he needs a blow."


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