In his first public comments since he had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry expressed relief.
“I can have a clear mind and know that it’s going to be healthy next year and just play,” Curry said Saturday. “Thankfully, the best-case scenario happened with the scope.”
On April 25, an arthroscopic surgery performed by Dr. Richard Ferkle in Van Nuys discovered all Curry’s right ankle needed was some cleaning out. No reconstructive surgery. No torn tendon. After missing 40 games this past season with a sprained right ankle, all he needs is rest and rehab to be back on track.
It wasn’t just words, but Curry, oozed peace. His right foot and ankle was hidden by a bulky gray boot. And he needed a crutch to help him walk. Still, he was all smiles while enduring the sneaky heat of East Oakland. At a cramped gated court at Brookdale Park, full of kids jumping ever-so-close to the ankle on which next season hinges, Curry sounded vastly different than the last time he talked about his ankle.
Back then, on April 18, his hopes for returning for the final week of the season were dashed after the latest evaluation revealed his ankle wasn’t fully healed. Disappointed, Curry was clear about his hopes to avoid another surgery.
A week later, he was back under the knife.
Shouldn’t he be holed up somewhere with his ankle elevated – and trapped in a steel cast to preserve Golden State’s playoff hopes?
“I’ve got probably five or six holes in my ankle,” Curry said before signing caps and taking pictures with community members. “They went in and looked every where, got a 360-view of the ankle, to make sure everything was straight. Now it’s just getting the swelling out, getting my strength back. Now that we have a normal offseason, I can schedule everything to be ready for October.”
Curry said he’ll spend half his time in the Bay Area and half in North Carolina. Last season, he spent almost all of the offseason inCharlotte, his hometown, thanks to the lockout. Since he couldn’t use the team facilities, he worked out at Davidson with his former college team.
Now, Curry said he’ll get check ups with team doctors and workout with the coaches. He’ll be present for draft workouts in June and said he envisioned meeting up with coach Mark Jackson to “talk about the system, game plan.”
He said a plan for rehabilitation will be developed after these next few weeks of rest. But he has hopes of practicing with the team during theLas Vegassummer league.
But Saturday, Curry – joined by his mother and expecting wife – was lending his fame to a local cause. The National Recreation and Park Association and Sprite awarded a $20,000 grant to refurbish the basketball courts at BrookdalePark. (Oakland’s DeFremery park is next up for a grant, depending on how many votes it gets at www.SpriteSparkParks.com) Curry was free to be involved because the prognosis of his oft-injured right ankle.
“It really sent a sincere message to the youth and community of Oakland that despite setbacks, we must keep our eyes on the goal in terms of dedication, perseverance and service to the communities, “said Mark Hall, who works for the City of Oakland’s Office of Parks and Recreation and helped organize Saturday’s event. “Steph and his mom are true examples of this dedication and showed it today.”