April 25, 2012
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A trio of surgeries for Golden State's top starters is off to a positive start.
Arthroscopic surgery on Stephen Curry's troublesome right ankle Wednesday "revealed a stable ankle with no structural damage." The Warriors said the operation performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel in Southern California "consisted of cleaning out loose debris and scar tissue" and deemed the operation "successful."
Curry is expected to resume basketball activities in three to four months. Golden State hopes its franchise point guard can avoid another more serious surgery for the second straight summer and be ready for fall's training camp.
"The surgery went about as well as we could have hoped for entering the procedure," Ferkel said in a statement. "We were pleased that the surgery was limited to simply a cleaning out procedure and I anticipate that he'll be ready before for the start of training camp."
The operation began a week of Warriors going under the knife.
Forward David Lee will have surgery Thursday in Philadelphia to repair a torn abdominal muscle. And center Andrew Bogut is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his fractured left ankle Friday -- also performed by Ferkel in Van Nuys, Calif. -- that will force him to sit out the Olympics for Australia. Both are expected back early this summer.
Curry's ankle has long been a bigger problem.
Whether it truly has been solved won't be known until next season -- and perhaps longer.
Golden State's dynamic point guard has had a young career blended with incredible scoring efforts and confounding injuries on an ankle nobody can seem to fix. The former Davidson star had surgery to repair a tendon in his ankle last summer, and never seemed at full speed this season.
Curry repeatedly sprained the ankle this season while playing only 26 games -- the last against Dallas on March 10 -- and averaged career lows of 14.7 points, 5.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He even went to Nike headquarters in Oregon at one point to get a custom-fitted shoe for his right foot. He has vowed to wear a brace next season -- something he had previously resisted -- and be more forthcoming to the team on any injuries to his ankle.
The Warriors host San Antonio in the season finale Thursday night.