SAN FRANCISCO — Just because it appeared James Wiseman was getting shut to creating his season debut with the Warriors, the rug was pulled out from beneath the 7-foot middle but once more.
Wiseman’s return to the Warriors has been delayed for the second time this season because of swelling in his proper knee.
Coach Steve Kerr stated he discovered of the swelling Friday. And after discussing the state of affairs with the teaching and coaching staffs, the Warriors determined to place a “pause” on Wiseman’s rehab course of. He received’t play for the Santa Cruz Warriors Sunday as beforehand deliberate.
“I feel terrible for James,” Kerr stated Saturday after observe. “The hope was that he would play tomorrow in Santa Cruz – that’s not going to happen. I will just keep going back to the fact that he’s 20 years old, and he’s got his whole future ahead. We just have to be really, really cautious. We’ve got to do what’s best for him long term.”
The coaching employees has not had any conversations about shutting Wiseman down for the season, in response to Kerr. But with solely 12 video games remaining within the common season, Wiseman making his season debut with the Warriors is in critical doubt.
“That’s all up to the training staff and the doctors,” Kerr stated. “The main thing is we can’t make a decision based on the schedule, we can’t make a decision based on the playoffs. Every decision should be made around James’ career, James’ future. So we will make our training staff will make the decision in terms of what James does, how much he does, when he can be on the floor, those questions will all be based on his long-term health.”
The information got here considerably as a shock since Wiseman had appeared to have been making progress in his restoration. One day earlier, Kerr had stated Wiseman “has been great.” The Warriors recalled Wiseman Wednesday after he performed three video games with the Santa Cruz Warriors in what was believed to be the ultimate step in his rehab from final April’s torn meniscus and subsequent surgical procedure.
But the swelling stored Wiseman out observe Friday and Saturday. And now it’s unlikely he’ll be a part of the Warriors on their upcoming five-game highway journey on the East Coast.
“We’re literally just taking everything day-by-day, avoiding any long-term projections,” Kerr stated. “And so I can’t tell you what’s going to happen in a week.”
This is the newest setback in what has been a irritating 11-month restoration for the second total decide of the 2020 NBA draft.
Wiseman performed solely 39 video games final season — averaging 11.5 factors and 5.8 rebounds — earlier than he underwent season-ending surgical procedure in April to restore a torn proper meniscus. After months of rehabbing, it appeared Wiseman was progressing to make a return this winter. But when swelling flared up in his surgically-repaired knee, the 20-year-old needed to have a second arthroscopic knee surgical procedure.
“He’s understandably disappointed,” Kerr stated. “What he’s been through the last year, it’s unfair. He deserves better. He’s just such a great young man, works so hard. He cares about his career, he cares about the game, he cares about his teammates and wants to be out there. And again, we just have to make really smart decisions with his future in mind and we’re not gonna do anything that would compromise that.”
What the Warriors have in Wiseman stays a thriller. He’s performed in solely 45 video games over the past three seasons with Memphis, the Warriors and the group’s G League affiliate. And he had blended performances in his most up-to-date video games with the Santa Cruz Warriors. It’s nonetheless unclear when he returns how he’ll regulate to the pace and physicality of the NBA.
For now, the Warriors must proceed to play the ready sport with Wiseman.
“We’ll take a pause and we’ll see how the knee responds and we’ll go from there,” Kerr stated.
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