Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said his surgically repaired right ankle is at “about 85 to 90 percent.” He said he is expecting to be 100 percent by training camp.
Curry had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle on April 25, performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel inSouthern California. The surgery revealed Curry’s ankle, which caused him to miss 40 games last season, had no structural damage. Dr. Ferkel cleaned out scar tissue and a few bone spurs.
Since then, Curry has gotten good news in two check-ups and has a meeting set for the first week of August with Dr. Ferkel.
“I still have a little work to do with range of motion,” Curry said in a phone interview fromCharlotte. “But everything is right on schedule, even a bit ahead of schedule.”
Of course, his best news is expected to come any day now. His wife, Ayesha, is due to have the couple’s first child, a girl, this week.
“I can’t wait,” he said. “My main priority is supporting my wife through her pregnancy. I’m so glad I’m able to be here.”
Curry spends two hours a day rehabbing his ankle. Then he spends another two to three hours lifting weights, improving his conditioning and honing his basketball skills (some of that can be seen here). The process has been methodical and patient. He said he’s been gradually increasing activity, challenging his ankle but not overdoing it.
Save for some pick-up games in September, Curry said his first full-on basketball activity will be when training camp starts in October.
“I’ve been going through this enough to know that I don’t have to rush it,” Curry said. “I’m going to make sure it’s healthy. We’ve got plenty time to get it right.”
Curry said he was excited about the news Golden State acquired point guard Jarrett Jack from New Orleans. Jack is expected to back-up Curry, but the two figure to spend some time in the back court together since Jack can also play the shooting guard and is known as a good defender.
“Obviously, he’s a great veteran point guard,” Curry said. “I’m looking forward to adding him to our backcourt depth and adding his talent and leadership to our team.”