Ryan Anderson

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Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans tells us why he loves the NPR sound, how he has overcome personal and professional tragedy, and why you need to be excited about Crescent City basketball.

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New Orleans Pelicans

Ryan Anderson, the New Orleans Pelicans' veteran forward, has been diagnosed with a herniated disc and will be out indefinitely, the team announced today.

Anderson, a central figure in New Orleans' recent success on the court, suffered the injury on Jan. 3 in a collision with Celtics forward Gerald Wallace in the fourth quarter of a game in Boston. Anderson was taken to a Boston-area hospital for tests, and remained there as the team went on to Indianapolis.

Anderson also sat out a few games at the start of the season, due to a broken toe suffered in the preseason.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson will be out for 1-3 weeks with a chip fracture in his toe, the team announced before the season-opener Wednesday.

Anderson suffered a chip fracture in the second toe of his right foot, the team said. Doctors examined Anderson and discovered the problem after he experienced discomfort during practice.

Anderson averaged 16.16 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.12 assists in 81 games last season.