David Lee Speaks for First Time Since Surgery

Sorry I didn’t post this yestereday. It was good stuff, but it took forever to transcribe. I’m still not done. Will add rest later. I should just forward the file to TK so he could knock it out in like 15 minutes.

By way of intro, I can tell you his left elbow is heavily wrapped but the swelling is obviously way down. I saw it in Chicago and it was huge, and I heard it got bigger. The part I can see wasn’t discolored, though I didn’t see around the wound like last time. He still moves it very little and doesn’t straighten it at all. His right arm has the IV hook-up inside it. He took off his shirt and showed us. Normally, they would stick a needle in his arm then hook up the IV machine and give him antibiotics that way. But for convenience sake — not sure how convenient it feels — they just left some type of needle in his arm with the connections for the IV bag sticking out. His right arm basically looked like the back of a DVD.

Because of the IV thing and the infected right elbow, he can’t shower unless he wraps both arms tightly with Saran Wrap so no water can get in. Because Lee is a bachelor, he has to come to the Warriors’ facility to shower so the trainers can wrap his arms for him.

Without further ado, your starting power forward, David Lee …

“I hope to be back here in the next week or so. I still have stitches to be taken out tomorrow and an IV line that has to get taken out on Wednesday. From there its just going to be a matter of – I’m staying back for the start of that road trip to start getting in the gym, working out and start getting back to it. I don’t know exactly how long its going to take because I don’t know how its going to respond once all that is out. But compared to where I was about four days ago, I’m really making progress. That one week that I went through seemed like a six-week process. If you think about it, if I’m able to get back next week, it will be like a two-week deal, two-and-a-half week deal. But it seems like months with all the stuff I’ve went through.”

“Really doing a lot better. It’s just going to be a matter now of having the wound heal from the two surgeries. What was very, very scary to me was seeing after the Bulls game, it felt like I was more or less out of the woods. And then, how infections works, until they found that right antibiotic, they were giving me strong stuff and nothing was helping. They were telling me ‘If we don’t get this thing better soon, we’re cutting your arm from here to here, filleting the whole thing open, and we’re talking about we may have to cut out your bicep muscle and forearm muscle and see what’s going on and how things are progressing. The fact that it could be limited to a two week situation, a two-and-a-half week deal, is a real blessing from a medical standpoint. I’m just happy we were able to figure it out.”

“I’ll tell you what worried me was the fact that usually an ankle sprain, or you hit knee-to-knee with somebody, things like that – those are things you’ve been through so you kind of know. If I sprain my ankle bad, it’s probably four to six weeks and I know what to do to get it better. It’s tough when because there are so many different kinds of bacteria in the human mouth, I learned you’re much better getting bit by a rabid dog than a human, which is crazy, because of the foods we eat, different bacteria. Once we found the right antibiotic, 80 percent of the swelling went away in a 12 to 18-hour period. But until we found that, it just continued to swell up my arm. I had a couple times where I woke up and I had no range of motion in my elbow or anything, so it was pretty scary.”

“I haven’t even been able to sweat. That’s why when I get these things out Tuesday and Wednesday, I’m going to go right back to working out to the limit of what they’ll let me do and I’m just going to hope that I haven’t lost too much. My concern isn’t so much that when am I going to get ready to get back on the court to play 40 minutes and get a double-double. My concern is I want to get back on the court and help the team. If that means the first two times out I’m playing 15 to 20 minutes, or 25 minutes, whatever it is, just able to do short stints, then that’s what’s important. Getting back to get victories. At the same time, a couple times I had to check my competitiveness and say, ‘OK, it’s more important to get this thing completely solved than to try and run back a day or two early. I’ma listen to the doctors, continue to do what they tell me to do and know that this is a pretty short process that I have left to go. So I should be back pretty soon.”

Marcus Thompson

  • Sassan

    You think, with $80 million he is making, he can get a live-in nurse to help with bathing.

  • Incredible

    I don’t quite understand why Lee would have to wrap BOTH arms in saran wrap, before he showers. He only has the injury on one.

    Can someone please explain this?

  • longbeachyo

    @ incredible: Did you read the story?

  • diddlebunk

    the IV catheter is on his right arm, wound is on his left. neither can get wet.

  • YouTired

    #2 – The injury is on one arm, the contraption for the IV antibiotics (called a PICC Line) is in the other. Both must be protected. David Lee: Get back soon. Good Monta: Don’t try to do too much and revert to Bad Monta. Curry: Work on your poker face. You wear your frustration on your sleeve; it is unprofessional.

  • Playoffbound

    With 80 million, he can get several bathers like Eddie Murphy in coming to America…

  • kansas

    He has to SaranWrap his right arm because that’s where the IV port is located. You don’t want anything going in the easy way.

  • steve r

    Response to “Incredible’s” question:

    “I don’t quite understand why Lee would have to wrap BOTH arms in saran wrap, before he showers. He only has the injury on one.”

    The article states that his “other” arm has the IV in it, which means an opening in the skin in which water-borne bacteria from his arm could contaminate, hence it should be covered

  • BaBaLoo

    I have a great idea for his bathing routine!

    Get a XXXXX size rubber (horse size) and slide it on up onto that arm, then put a rubber band around it. Viola! Just make sure the mare doesn’t see that, cuz she may get all excited and come after our boy, david….

  • Alex

    One arm is infected. The other has the IV dealio sticking out from it… “But for convenience sake — not sure how convenient it feels — they just left some type of needle in his arm with the connections for the IV bag sticking out.”

  • TownLove

    Glad to hear he will be back soon. Without him we look worse then last year’s D’LEague squad.

    I was going to all the games, but I told my hook up call me when DLee returns. I dont see us winning another game until then.

  • Jet Black Beard

    Incredible (#2),
    Read MT’s post again. The injury is on his left, but the IV hook-ups are in his right.

  • Jet Black Beard

    Playoffbound (#3),
    That scene was awesome. Classic comedy movie IMHO.

  • Michael

    This should be a wake up call. Even a novice like me knows you have to throroughly flood that wound and clean it out IMMEDIATELY after the injury. He could have lost muscle or an arm. It was close to a career ender. With the mismanaged injuries of the Warriors in the past year, it’s time the best of the best start training and treating the players. It’s one thing that we can’t get proper medical care, it’s flat out negligence when when millionair athletes don’t. Lacob has to improve the medical care and training for this team.

  • GrassHopper

    Has this been said before? How about someone new other than Tom Abdenour! He goes back to Doctor Bob Albo and Franklin Mieuli.
    Might be a saint and a great person but enough is enough.
    Every year is the same thing. More guys on the DL than any team ever…ever…ever!

  • Charlie

    Even a rookie trainer should know that the mouth is one of the most bacteria-ridden places on the human body. Any bite wound needs to treated for infection immediately. How could the W’s training staff not be aware of this ?

  • Garry

    This can never happen again! NBA and players association need to have a protocol in handling such a situation. Easy to stop and wrap a blood wound, but to be so ignorant of the pending complications from the fluid exchange is beyond me. What is Abdenour paid to do? Rub sore footsies? He must be counted on yto know this stuff. The Warriors should be doing even more right now in the rehab and daily cleansing of the wound for David Lee.

  • JIm H

    The poor guy. Suffering just a variant of the lingering effect of the curse of the Cohan Warriors.

  • David we wish you a speedy recovery, you are a class act all the way.

    your fans on the East Coast

    John Lynch

    boston Massachusetts

  • Doc

    Coming to America bathers……………………………..the Golden State Warrior’s penis is clean.

  • slamdunk

    Warriors lose again, looks like the same old team with a new logo and owners, but the same losing contents inside. Sure glad Riley brought in all these tall guys (Lee,Amundson, Udoh, Wright) to dress up the end of the bench in street clothes. It looks like an ad for the Big and Tall stores. By the time these guys are ready to play, the team may be out of the race. Radmanovich, Biedrins and Gadzuric all suck on offense, so where is the frontcourt scoring supposed to come from again? Even if the team is taller and gets more rebounds, SOMEONE other than Curry and Ellis has to score a little up front to keep the opponents honest. Lee cannot do it alone.

  • Incredible

    Wow, so many responses, repeating the same thing that only needed to be said once. My favorite were the people that said “read it again” but then answered my question so that I don’t have to “read it again”. Thanks guys!

  • The doctors during the Warriors Knicks game hadled the injury poorly from the beginning. You can see from the play that Chandler spilts out some teeth so one could imagine that a broken tooth could have remained in Lee’s arm. Assuming the worst case scenario and being very thorough is the doctors first code of ethics. The dude should be fired, although since he was the Knicks doctor that won’t happen.Since Lee is warriors property whey did not the warriors doctore tend to the injury?