07:18 AM ET 10.17 | Just about a week removed from a scary fall, Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson brings a good deal of optimism into the back half of training camp. [Jefferson] said his sprained ankle has improved enough that it's "very realistic" he'll play in the season opener Oct. 30. "I'm taking it day-by-day, but that's my goal," Jefferson said of playing against the Rockets in Houston opening night. "My ankle is healing really fast. Two days ago I was on crutches and now I'm in my regular shoes. I heal fast. The doctor made it clear it's just a low ankle sprain. It's very realistic (to play in the opener). If it were up to me, I'd be (out) another week, but I understand they want to take it really slow." Jefferson suffered a right ankle sprain in Kansas City Friday while contesting a shot by Miami Heat center Chris Bosh.