Spencer Hawes wasn't sure what to expect when he met with a foot specialist earlier this week in Los Angeles.

All he knew was he wanted out of the walking boot that he had been using for nearly two weeks.

So Hawes was ecstatic when Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute told him that he could put the boot away. Ferkel told Hawes that his strained left Achilles tendon was healing, and that he could start working towards returning to the 76ers.