According to Monte Pool of CSNBayArea.com, Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right knee on Wednesday, and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Prior to Tuesday’s game in Memphis, Andrew Bogut revealed to reporters he was diagnosed with chondromalacia, more commonly known as “runner’s knee.”
The 30-year old center will miss his fifth straight game tonight when the Warriors host Oklahoma City, and after undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy on Wednesday, there is no timetable for his return.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a procedure in which a person’s blood is drawn and then placed in a centrifuge which spins it to separate the platelet-rich plasma. The platelet’s are then re-injected into the injured tissue to heal the aching joints and muscles.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers spoke about Bogut’s ailment in a press release:
“We fully support Andrew in his decision to undergo the PRP treatment,” said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers. “Our number one concern is that Andrew is 100% healthy and we will continue to support him in any way we can to make that happen.”
Bogut, who has missed 65 games the past two seasons due to injury, is averaging 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game this season for the Warriors, but those statistics don’t even begin to measure his impact on this Golden State team.
Bogut is first in the NBA in defensive rating, opponents shoot only 38.6% at the rim against him, and the Warriors as a team allow opponents to shoot only 48.7% at the rim, which is third best in the NBA. Bogut anchors one of the Association’s best defense, and his underrated passing ability allows the Warriors to initiate offense through him.
For Golden State, a team with legitimate title aspirations, it’s all about staying healthy for the long haul. Although having Bogut in the starting lineup right now would be nice, they’d much rather have a fresh and healthy Bogut manning the middle come playoff time.