Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has suffered several bad right ankle sprains over the past few years and even had surgery last summer to help with the problem. Unfortunately, he has had issues this season as well and some think the Davidson product might be best served sitting out the rest of the year.
Curry is in his third campaign and has played in just 21 of Golden State’s 30 games so far this season. He is averaging career-lows in points (16.5) and and rebounds (3.7) per game.
Hall of Famer Rick Barry told the San Francisco Chronicle the following about what he thinks the young guard should do:
“He needs to consider sitting out, possibly for the rest of the season. It takes a lot of time to allow those ligaments to heal properly. He’s playing with an ankle that’s not healed. That’s the bottom line.”
“To me you’re talking about his future and a lot of money down the road. You’re jeopardizing all of that by possibly having a recurring ankle injury. I’d do everything I possibly could to prevent that from happening.”
Curry has severely injured the same ankle three times in just the past two months.
The problem is that the Warriors have decided not to set any limits on Curry’s playing time moving forward, which is why Barry spoke up. The Hall of Famer is a spokesman for Ektio’s footwear technology that purports to prevent ankle sprains.
Curry is considering using Ektio to help him, but he is also under contract to Nike, and would have to get the company’s approval to use it. He has actually spent time with Nike and team doctors trying to come up with a way to keep the ankle healthy.
The only real solution may be to take the rest of the year off and let the ligaments fully heal.