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News » Warriors' Brandon Wright could be out 4-6 months with shoulder injury


Warriors' Brandon Wright could be out 4-6 months with shoulder injury


Warriors' Brandon Wright could be out 4-6 months with shoulder injury Warriors forward Brandan Wright injured his left (shooting) shoulder during practice Friday and could miss extended time.

The team says Wright will undergo an MRI exam Monday to further determine the severity of the injury.

Yahoo! Sports, citing an NBA source, reported that Wright's shoulder might require surgery, which would sideline him four to six months.

Wright averaged 8.3 points and four rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game last season and was having a strong training camp.

"I've had better days," Warriors coach Don Nelson said after Saturday's practice. "He might be the best player in camp or right up there. He went down and that made it a bad day today. But we wish him the best and hope he has a good result."

Warriors general manager Larry Riley was asked how the injury would affect the team's decision whether to pick up Wright's contract option by the Oct. 31 deadline.

"We are more concerned about getting the evaluation on his shoulder than anything else," Riley said.

While Anthony Randolph is expected to start at power forward, Nelson said Wright, who turns 22 on Monday, had been the better of the two players during training camp.

"We were just so happy with his performance and his improvements," Nelson said. "We thought he'd really be a factor this year. It's quite a loss for us."

Wright has had a history of left shoulder issues. He partially dislocated his left shoulder in early January and missed two months, then briefly returned in March before sitting out the final 10 games.

Also Saturday, the Warriors waived former Saint Mary's College forward Diamon Simpson, a training camp invitee. Simpson, a Hayward High graduate, set the Gaels' career rebounding record as a senior last season.

Cavaliers: Troubled guard Delonte West, who is dealing with personal problems as well as legal issues pending from a recent arrest on weapons charges, was kept away from Cleveland's intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, a workout that served as the Cavaliers' debut of LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal.

West skipped the first four practices of training camp, absences the team said were unexcused. He returned Thursday and took part in workouts at Cleveland Clinic Courts, the team's suburban training facility in Independence.

General manager Danny Ferry said he didn't want to rush West back.

West was arrested Sept. 17 near his home in Maryland after police found he was carrying three loaded weapons. He faces misdemeanor possession charges.

Nuggets: J.R. Smith is pledging more maturity this season, a promise he's made in the past.

The sharpshooting Denver Nuggets guard realizes that some will believe it, while some will remain skeptical. That's fine with him. He knows he's changed.

It's been a sobering offseason for the 24-year-old Smith, who spent 24 days in a New Jersey correctional facility after pleading guilty to reckless driving.

Hanging out in an isolated cell, Smith had time for reflection. What he took away from his stint in jail was simple wake up each day with a purpose.

"Know every time that I do something it doesn't affect just me," said Smith, whose 3-point shooting last season helped the Nuggets advance to the Western Conference finals. "It affects my family, my friends, my team, players and coaches."EXHIBITION OPENERtoday: vs. Clippers, 6 p.m. Radio: 680-AM


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 5, 2009

 

 
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