James Wiseman misses Warriors indefinitely after another setback in knee recovery

James Wiseman’s return to the Warriors was once again halted.

The second year center has swelling in his right knee and has been closed indefinitely. He was scheduled to play his fourth game with the G League’s Santa Cruz on Sunday.

“Yesterday and today, our coaching staff put their heads together with the doctors who worked with James,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “The decision was basically to take a break because of the swelling in the knee. I feel terrible for James.”

Kerr said it was unlikely Weizmann would join the team on his next road trip. No decision has been made as to whether the 21-year-old will be closed for the remainder of the season.

It represented another costly setback in Weizmann’s recovery from knee surgery 11 months ago after suffering a meniscus tear that ended his junior season. In mid-December, he underwent a second arthroscopic surgery to relieve swelling in the same knee.

Before the Saturday news broke, Weizmann appeared to be taking steps in the right direction. He was training and traveling with the team. He was intensifying his quarrels, which opened the door to a rehabilitation assignment from League J. And most recently in three games with Santa Cruz, he averaged 17.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 20.7 minutes a night.

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