HoopsHype Ekpe Udoh rumors

December 10, 2010 Updates

Rookie forward Ekpe Udoh will make his NBA debut tonight against Miami, a month earlier than expected after surgery on his left wrist. "I'm ready to go," Udoh said Thursday. "Yes, sir. I've been working hard. If I get the opportunity, if my name is called, I'm going to give it my all." Oakland Tribune

December 8, 2010 Updates
December 1, 2010 Updates

Brandan Wright's chronically cranky back notwithstanding, things continue to look up on the Warriors' front line. Not only is David Lee back from injury, but it also appears first-round draft pick Ekpe Udoh may be joining Lee soon. After a re-examination of Udoh's surgically repaired left wrist Monday, the 6-foot-10 power forward was cleared to increase his activity level, which will consist of portions of practice, including some live action and competitive drills. "I'm excited, it's a blessing," said Udoh before Tuesday's game against San Antonio. "I'm looking forward to just being able to go up against some bodies. I can run up and down today, but now I can really get in the jungle." San Jose Mercury-News

November 5, 2010 Updates

Ekpe Udoh has been cleared to increase his basketball activity and will travel with the team on its upcoming five-game roadie, the Warriors announced Thursday. After meeting with Dr. William Green, Udoh's surgically repaired wrist has been deemed healthy enough to allow nearly everything -- shooting, dunking, dribbling -- except catching passes. He didn't give a timeline for his return, but you've got to start thinking the No. 6 overall pick will be back sooner than the worst-case-scenario, which was after the All-Star break. "It feels great," Udoh said of his wrist. "The only thing is getting strength to return to the arm. My legs have gotten real strong, so now I've got to work on my upper body." San Francisco Chronicle

September 18, 2010 Updates

The frustration was practically tangible when he got the news soon after coming to the Bay Area. He will not, curiously, discuss the origin of the injury. He will only say that he was "really down" the time and is doing better emotionally now since he gets to spend time around his new teammates. The Warriors camp opens on Sept. 27th and he will can still have a successful 2010-11, truncated as it may be. "I want to get back January, February," Udoh said. And then? "I'm going to shoot out. I'm going to everywhere when I get that chance. Practice, whatever. You're gonna miss the game. When I get out there, I'm just going to be an animal." NBA.com

But, if the schedule holds and Udoh makes it back somewhere close to the All-Star break, he can still log meaningful minutes; the season isn't washed out now. He can still play with one of the other power forwards, particularly given Lee's experience as a center with the Knicks and the Warriors propensity for smallball. "I know I'm going to be back," Udoh said. "It wasn't a career-ending injury. When I come and work out, I've got to put in work as if I'm playing in the first game... Coming in extra. Coming in early, leaving late. Just because I'm injured doesn't mean I've got to be disconnected from the team." NBA.com

August 30, 2010 Updates

But it will be a while before he’s back on the court. Udoh had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist in July and is expected to miss about six months. That means he could make his professional debut sometime after the calendar turns to 2011. “I haven’t started rehabbing yet. I’m just working out, focusing on my core and trying to get stronger,” he said. “It was tough at first once it happened. But I realized, this is going to happen in my career. I’ve just got to take it and get better.” FOXSports SouthWest

Developing a stronger core is something he feels will pay big dividends once he does return to the court later this year. “I won’t be back until January or February. The biggest adjustment will be the speed of the game and the physicality,” Udoh said. “I’m working on that now with my core and my lower legs. Those are the two things I’ve got to work on to be able to adapt to the NBA.” FOXSports SouthWest

July 14, 2010 Updates
July 13, 2010 Updates

Warriors rookie power forward Ekpe Udoh will have surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist. It won’t be known officially how long he is out until after the surgery. But based on the type of surgery, 4 to 6 months is the ballpark, which has been reported. Rehab usually takes about three to four months after the surgery. But it all depends on how well the surgery went and how well the wrist heals. Contra Costa Times

July 12, 2010 Updates

The Warriors won't announce the extent of No. 6 overall pick Ekpe Udoh's left wrist injury until they get a second opinion Monday. Early indications, however, are that Udoh will need surgery and will miss 4-6 months. "It's unfortunate, but I've got to take it," Udoh said. "It's hard on me, but I've got a chance to learn the offense and work on my body until I can come out and show what I can do on the court." San Francisco Chronicle

July 11, 2010 Updates

The Warriors won't announce the extent of No. 6 overall pick Ekpe Udoh's left wrist injury until they get a second opinion Monday. Early indications, however, are that Udoh will need surgery and will miss 4-6 months. "It's unfortunate, but I've got to take it," Udoh said. "It's hard on me, but I've got a chance to learn the offense and work on my body until I can come out and show what I can do on the court." San Francisco Chronicle

July 10, 2010 Updates

Art Garcia: Ekpe Udoh expected to see at least two specialists for injured wrist. Nellie worries rook could be out for "months." Twitter

July 9, 2010 Updates

Rookie forward Ekpe Udoh will see two hand specialists about his injured left wrist, the team announced. He will visit Dr. Steven Shin today in Los Angeles, and he will come to San Francisco on Monday to see Dr. Bill Greene. Udoh is out for action for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas after injuring his left wrist while working out at the team's facility on Sunday. Contra Costa Times

July 7, 2010 Updates

Ekpe Udoh, the Golden State Warriors' No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA draft last month, will miss the Summer League after suffering a left wrist injury. Udoh, who signed a contract with the Warriors for undisclosed terms on Wednesday, suffered the injury during a supervised workout last Sunday evening at the team's practice facility in Oakland. Udoh was working out with teammate Stephen Curry and Summer League teammate Joe Ingles. "Obviously we're disappointed that this has occurred and that Ekpe will not play in the Summer League," said Warriors' general manager Larry Riley. "By voluntarily returning to the Bay Area this past weekend to participate in supervised workouts, Ekpe has already demonstrated a great work ethic and determination to get better, which will serve him well as he comes back from this injury and prepares for his rookie NBA season." San Jose Mercury-News

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