Golden State Warriors rookie center James Wiseman will have surgery Thursday in Los Angeles to repair a meniscus injury in his right knee, coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday. "We won't know the extent of what we're looking at until after the surgery," Kerr said, prior to the Warriors taking on the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
Kendra Andrews: Steve Kerr says James Wiseman is in LA and will have surgery tomorrow. Says he and the Warriors won't exactly know what they're looking at in terms of the recovery process until then.
James Wiseman will undergo right knee surgery later this week, either Thursday or Friday, per league sources. It’s a crucial moment for the Warriors’ near-term outlook and an early-career pivot point for the rookie center. The results of the surgery will determine the expected return timetable, which ranges from a shorter 4-6-week absence to a possible multi-month recovery that would severely limit his offseason availability.
Connor Letourneau: I can confirm the @Anthony Slater report that James Wiseman will undergo surgery later this week. The Warriors have yet to rule him out for the season, but odds are his rookie year is done.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Warriors center James Wiseman has suffered a meniscus injury in his right knee, sources tell ESPN. No timeline on a return yet.
Shams Charania: Warriors rookie James Wiseman is feared to be out for the remainder of the season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
The latest blow came Saturday night. James Wiseman, who was building maybe the best rhythm of his rookie season, landed awkwardly on his right knee after his dunk attempt was stuffed by Kenyon Martin Jr. Wiseman immediately grabbed at it and grimaced in pain before walking around the court, attempting to shake off the pain. Kerr called timeout. Wiseman spent the break stretching it out and jogging. He was intent on staying in the game, but just before play resumed, director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini pulled Wiseman off the court and took him to the locker room for further evaluation. He missed the rest of the game and is scheduled for an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.
The internal belief within the Warriors is that it’s not a major season-ending type knee injury for Wiseman. Tests will determine the extent and timetable, but there’s a low level of concern that it’s a major blow for the rookie center.
"Hopefully he doesn't miss too much time," Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. "It seems like when he takes a couple strides he gets dealt a little adversity, so it's kind of tough. But I don't know what the situation is. I hope he doesn't miss much time."
Anthony Slater: Official injury tags for the Warriors tomorrow at Knicks Stephen Curry: Questionable, James Wiseman: Questionable. Kevon Looney: Questionable. All three appear to be trending toward a return.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors hope James Wiseman can return from wrist injury during the upcoming road trip. "Warriors center James Wiseman, who has missed the last nine games due to a sprained left wrist suffered on January 30 vs. Detroit, was re-evaluated earlier today. The re-evaluation indicated that James is making good progress. He has returned to segments of practice and the hope is that he can possibly return to play at some point during the team's upcoming road trip."
The second overall pick has experienced no setbacks in his recovery from the injury but revealed that the team doctor wants to see some of the inflammation subside before gaining clearance to play. He has started to dribble and shoot again during the non-contact portion of practice. “(Since) it’s a sprained wrist, you don’t know if it could be one week, two weeks or three weeks,” Wiseman said on Tuesday. “I’m just following each procedure but there are no setbacks. I’m just trying to improve and get better each day. It’s most definitely getting better so I can’t wait to get back out there, which should be pretty soon.”
Connor Letourneau: Kerr said Wiseman is "doing every well." Will be re-evaluated after Texas trip, meaning Wiseman will miss at least the next three games.
Monte Poole: James Wiseman tweaked his R ankle. Not serious per Kerr, who expects him to play vs POR on Sunday.
September 18, 2021 | 5:41 pm EDT Update
You’re here for at least the next five years now that you’ve signed an extension. Do you allow yourself to think – or dream – about what might come over that time span since you’ve talked openly about wanting to win a title in New York? Have you allowed yourself to think about how things might progress? Julius Randle: Obviously, it’s a process. Everything is a process. We’ve been building this from the ground up. But for me, personally, that is the expectation (winning a title in New York). That’s what I want to happen within that time frame. There’s a lot of things, factors that go into that. So obviously you’ve got to weigh that stuff in.
Julius Randle: But as far as myself, I know Thibs (Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau) is thinking (it as well), it’s just win at all costs. For me personally, that’s just how I prepare myself. I prepare myself to compete at the highest level of our game. Like I said, there’s a lot of factors (that go into winning an NBA title). But I trust Leon (Knicks president Leon Rose), I trust Thibs, Wes (Knicks vice president William Wesley), our coaches, Scott (Knicks GM Scott Perry) – all these guys, I trust. That was part of my process in thinking of signing the extension and that’s my goal, that’s our goal as a team and the guys that are around us. We want to be able to say that we won a championship here in New York. I don’t think there’s any better feeling than that.
Did you guys see the video clip of Trae Young at the Garden with WWE? Do you care about that stuff? Julius Randle: Yeah I see it. But honestly, I don’t care. Obviously, that’s (for) entertainment purposes and all that (stuff), so I let people enjoy it. For me, honestly, I don’t care. I honestly didn’t even watch it. Knicks fans, they’re going to make a big deal out of it – they didn’t like it (laughs). But it’s all fun and games and hopefully they enjoyed it.
September 18, 2021 | 12:10 pm EDT Update
The Rockets have officially re-signed guard Dante Exum and waived Tyler Bey to create a roster space for him, according to the NBA’s transactions log. Hoops Rumors’ JD Shaw was the first to report the Bey transaction (Twitter link). With John Wall not expected to play for the team this season as it seeks to trade him, the Rockets were in the market for another point guard. The Rockets’ interest in Exum surfaced on Tuesday.
When the Timberwolves traded up to get Leandro Bolmaro last November in the 2020 NBA Draft (yes, it was less than a year ago… it still feels weird), the question was would it be a year or two before Bolmaro came over from Barcelona to play in the NBA. The answer is one. Minnesota reached a deal and Bolmaro will be with the Timberwolves in training camp, the team announced Saturday. This is not a surprise; he was expected to come over this season. He will be playing on a rookie scale contract.
September 18, 2021 | 8:54 am EDT Update
There are reports that Anthony Davis will play center for the Los Angeles Lakers this coming season with LeBron James taking the power forward position. In the past AD said that he does not love playing the five but can do it if needed. Lakers legend James Worthy thinks that the best option is to use the former number one pick in the post. “I think initiating Anthony Davis in the post is the best option,” Worthy said on Spectrum SportsNet. “I’ve never been one of those players to say ‘I don’t wanna play three, I wanna play four. I wanna play.’ I don’t know what the problem is, maybe who he defends or where he is on the floor. I think the five is a good spot for him. Because other fives don’t have a shot at guarding him.
“You want to make opponents make adjustments. Him at the five shooting three is going to pull Gobert out and they’re going to have to put somebody small on him and he can take advantage of that. I think he needs to look at what position best suits the team and what position best suits how they wanna play before he just says ‘Ahh, one or the other.’”