Steve Kerr explains why James Wiseman’s Warriors rehab slow played

The Warriors have a 15-2 record this season, a record that is better than any other NBA team. They have done so without two of their most important players. 

Klay Thompson is close to a possible late December return. James Wiseman (20 years old), a center, is currently recovering from a torn Meniscus suffered in April last season.

The Warriors hoped that Wiseman would be able to return to training camp in time for the 2021-22 NBA season after his injury in mid-April. 

Wiseman, now two months beyond the Warriors’ initial timeline is still continuing to rehabCoach Steve Kerr explained why the Warriors were moving at a slower pace after Tuesday’s practice. 

Here is a Steve Kerr update about James Wiseman. Still not cleared for scrimmaging. They’re waiting on that final clearance from Rick Celebrini. pic.twitter.com/J6jXLQpk30

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“The injury (the meniscus tear) is an injury where it’s not really a linear improvement like an ACL or an Achilles where you can map it out,” Kerr told reporters. “A meniscal tear you can’t really map out as easily because there’s more possibility for a variance in how long it’s going to take to recover.

“James is doing fine, there’s no structural issue. We’re just being very very cautious. He’s doing more and more 2-on-2 stuff, drill work. But [Director of Sports Medicine Rick Celebrini] is not yet comfortable allowing him to scrimmage. We’re just trying to stay patient and do the best thing we can for James. He’s such a young guy and we want to be very cautious with his injury.”

The initial timeline appears to have been rather optimistic. Kerr and the Warriors have since learned a lot more about the varying degrees of meniscus injuries. which has led to a more cautious approach with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

 

“The biggest thing to me, and I figured this question would start coming up because when he had the injury last season, we talked about him being ready for camp. That’s obviously two months behind us. I didn’t understand much about the meniscus injury at the time, so I probably said several times last year ‘yeah, we’re hoping he’s back for camp or shortly thereafter.’ Now that I’ve learned more about it, there’s just varying degrees on timeframes of recoveries from this kind of injury. He’s obviously a massive guy with a lot of weight that’s coming down on that knee. So we’re just being very very cautious.”

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Just two weeks ago, Kerr was hopeful that Wiseman could return sometime around Thanksgiving. That no longer appears to be the case, which means the Warriors could be getting both Wiseman and Thompson back around the same time. 

Already the best team in the NBA, the Warriors could be getting a whole lot better in the next few weeks. 

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