The Warriors announced Saturday morning that both Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut will have arthroscopic surgery next week.
Curry’s surgery on his sprained right ankle will be Wednesday. Bogut’s fractured left ankle will be scoped on Friday. Both will be performed by specialist Dr. Richard Ferkle. As a result of the surgery, Bogut has been ruled out of the Olympics.
“Now is the time to do it,” Warriors general manager Larry Riley said. “You don’t want to get into July and August and say we should’ve scoped this thing.”
By season’s end, he will have missed 40 games. Riley said Curry’s last examination, which was held on April 16, raised a red flag. Curry, usually a quick healer, still hadn’t fully recovered from the right ankle sprain he sustained on March 10.
As a result, all of the doctors agreed — including Ferkle, Dr. Bob Anderson from OrthoCarolina in Charlotte (who performed surgery on Curry’s ankle last May), and Stanford’s Dr. Tim McAdams — arthroscopic surgery was the smart next move. On April 18, Curry said he was hoping not to have surgery and doubted it would be needed. But Riley said Curry, his agent and his family are all on board.
“You get a good read from an MRI,” Riley said. “But that’s what it is, a good read. … His last examination just confirmed the fact it was a good idea to go in there. We did everything we could not to do the surgery. None of those guys are knife happy.”
Curry’s timetable will be known once the surgery is completed. Best case scenario, surgery confirms what MRI suggests — everything is going well. That assurance would help Curry get a working plan for how to go about rehabbing this summer. It also would help expected contract extension talks, as the Warriors would certainly feel better about extending Curry if his ankle situation was handled.
But Riley said the surgery is completely ensuring Curry is ready come training camp in October.
“Nothing about the surgery is tied to the contract,” Riley said. “Both sides have said we can discuss a contract later. Getting the ankle right is the issue.”
Riley said the same goes for Bogut. He’s had three MRIs since joining the Warriors. It’s been suspected he would eventually need surgery to remove particles and scar tissue. The decision was made to do it now to help ensure he’ll be 100 percent for next season.
Despite the need for surgery, the Warriors contend Bogut’s fractured left ankle – which he sustained on January 25 as a Milwaukee Buck – is healing properly.
“This just puts us in a position where he can report to camp without issue,” Riley said.