Warriors center James Wiseman underwent another procedure



Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman poses for a portrait during the team’s 2021 media day.

The Golden State Warriors acquitted themselves well in the NBA Finals, giving the Boston Celtics all they could handle and more in four games. However, the Dubs definitely ran into trouble in the C’s wins in Games 1 and 3.

Golden State has been outscored by an average of 17 points in the paint in those contests. Of course, defending the rim was one of the main concerns for the club entering the playoffs with Kevon Looney in the middle.

Or, more specifically, with former No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman who hasn’t recovered from the meniscus tear he suffered in 2020-21.

Indeed, Wiseman’s recovery has been a roller coaster ride for both player and team. And the more information there is about what the 21-year-old has been through, the harder it is to feel confident in his ability to return to the hardwood and capitalize on his huge potential next season.

To that end, what the glass-half-empty crowd might consider another bombshell just dropped on Monday.

Report: Wiseman underwent another procedure

VideoA video linked to Insiders reveals the Warriors’ old number. 2 choice underwent another procedure2022-06-13T20:24:57-04:00

According to Shams Charania and Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the seven-foot, 240-pound Wiseman received an orthobiologic injection during an April trip to London with Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers.

According to the report, the plasma-rich injection was given into Wiseman’s arm as a therapeutic treatment to increase healing throughout his body. The decision to go the orthobiological route came after the Warriors called for Wiseman to be shut down for the season after encountering multiple setbacks.

The big man was apparently set to make his long-awaited return in March, going so far as to play two games while on a rehab assignment with the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors. He also excelled with the Sea Dubs, averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.

However, just when the team was about to activate him as a main roster member, Wiseman suffered a swelling in his knee.

Wiseman hasn’t appeared in a game for Golden State since suffering his meniscus tear on April 10, 2021. However, in addition to reporting on his injection, Charania and Slater also offered a measure of hope about to the new Wiseman return window.

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A return to the Summer League?

Dub Nation was forced to suffer an inordinate number of near-comebacks from Wiseman at this point. So much so that head coach Steve Kerr found himself making unfortunate promises “anytime.” Nevertheless, there again seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

Besides Wiseman being broke do ground work ahead of the final bouts, The Athletic report said the baller “is about to be cleared for full-contact workouts.” Not only that – there’s optimism he could adapt to the Dubs during the summer league.

A final decision on Wiseman’s status will likely come within the next two weeks, according to the report.

The Warriors will host the fourth annual California Classic at Chase Center on July 2-3, after which they will compete in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas July 7-17.



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