Warriors’ James Wiseman suffers another setback with swelling in right knee

The final stage of James Wiseman’s return to the Warriors team hit another speed hammer. Sources said that due to some swelling in his right knee, Wiseman has been temporarily closed the athlete. He has not trained with the Warriors for the past two days and will not play for the Santa Cruz Warriors in a fourth game of the J-League on Sunday, as initially planned.

There has been no official decision yet on Weizmann’s status for the remainder of the season, but the clock is ticking. The Warriors only had 12 matches left and there was an expectation that Wiseman – especially in the remaining four in a row – would be back in time to get some valuable development actors ahead of the playoffs.

This possibility became more likely. Weizmann had surgery for a meniscus tear last April. This has been a difficult 11-month recovery. Swelling slowed his progress in December and forced a second procedure, the procedure being scope to clean up some loose bodies.

This put his comeback on hold for a few more boring months, as Wiseman struggled to advance to monopoly business every time he was close.

“He kind of walked to the doorstep contact and every time the knee hit back a little bit and told his body and our staff ‘You’re not quite ready yet,'” Bob Myers said in early February. “With meniscus repair, you’re at the mercy of how your body will react to it. Nobody in their right mind could go ahead with that in a young child. We definitely wouldn’t do that so early in their career.”

Wiseman finally offered to call on February 8. His body responded well. He’s spent the last month in increasingly hard squabbling, and eventually was cleared of G League matches. This was a huge milestone. Wiseman played 21, 20 and 21 minutes in three games for Santa Cruz last week. A fourth game is scheduled for Sunday with the NBA returning soon.

That has been discontinued, for now. This is yet another ordeal for a young player who has struggled to bring out his promising career in the NBA. Wiseman played only 39 games as a rookie before rupturing his meniscus. He never participated in a summer league or training camp. Steve Kerr and the Warriors continue to articulate how great they think Wiseman will turn out to be, but they stress the need to experience gameplay for that upside to becoming a reality. You can’t speed up the growth process until you’re constantly on the court.

For the competing Warriors, this keeps Wiseman, who is only 7-foot-7, out of the direct picture. Nobody expected him to claim a playoff role regularly, but there was some optimism that he could ease the internal burden on Kevin Looney and Draymond Green for short periods in the final weeks of the regular season, while perhaps proving he could be used as an occasional extra dimension from the bench. in postseason. This latest setback makes that highly unlikely.

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