One week after unexpectedly having his appendix removed, center Andris Biedrins worked out alongside his team for the first time since then and said that he hopes to be back in another week or so.
"We'll see," said Biedrins, who has a checkup today with his surgeon, Dr. Bruce Moorstein of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland. "It's day-by-day, how I feel. I'll start to do more and more every day and we'll go from there."
Golden State has four games in the next six days, all of which Biedrins will presumably miss. The Warriors play back-to-back contests in Miami and Orlando on March 7 and 8, with a three-day break after that. So a realistic target date for Biedrins' return might be March 12 at home against Toronto.
Biedrins did some light conditioning on the treadmill Wednesday, which was an off day for the team, then spent Thursday's practice in an individual workout with Golden State's director of athletic development, Mark Grabow.
For a man with a couple of fresh one-inch horizontal scars bracketing his belly button, Biedrins looked surprisingly spry as he executed defensive slides from point to point, took shots from up to 12 feet out and underwent exercises meant to strength his core muscles.
"It's definitely good to see him," Warriors captain Stephen Jackson said. "Nobody's really talked to him. Guys have been worried about him and wanted to know how he's doing. To see him in here definitely let us know that he's doing OK and he's going to be back with us soon."
Biedrins said he still feels a little pain and soreness in his abdomen when he stretches out in the way a 6-11 center often has to in order to reach for a rebound, for example. But the 45-minute procedure was relatively easy, to the point that Biedrins said he hasn't even needed the painkilling medication doctors prescribed.
"I never had surgery in my life, so it was kind of a big surprise for me," Biedrins said. "But it turned out good, and it was fine."
The entire experience was something of a surprise for Biedrins, who first started to feel pain from the appendix on the morning of Feb. 20 as the Warriors prepared to host the Boston Celtics.
"I was kind of feeling a stomachache," Biedrins said. "I thought I ate something bad or something like that. ... It was hurting all day. And then the game came, and it kind of didn't bother me when I was running, but when we sat down during the timeouts, I started to feel it. Something was wrong."
Biedrins finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Warriors' 119-117 victory, but the discomfort would not subside.
"I went home and it started really bothering me," Biedrins said. "I didn't sleep all night, I came back the next morning to Tom (Warriors athletic trainer Tom Abdenour), and he sent me to the hospital. And the doctor said, you need the surgery in a couple hours. I was like, 'Wow.'"
Biedrins was healthy enough after the surgery to request to go home last Friday, but felt drained, energy-wise, and spent much of the first couple days sleeping. He also watched the Warriors on television for the first time in as long as he could remember; Golden State has gone 1-1 in his absence, losing to Atlanta but beating Seattle.
"I watched those games at home on TV, and it's weird," Biedrins said. "At least I can ... hear what (analyst) Jim Barnett's talking about."
Asked if he had seen some shots from the opposition that he might have blocked, Biedrins grinned: "Yeah, it's easier to look on TV and see all the mistakes and everything. But I want to be on the court."
With their relatively cushy February schedule coming to a close, the Warriors (34-22) want that as well.
"He's back on his way to recovery," Warriors forward Al Harrington said. "We'll bring him along day by day. We need him back as soon as possible."
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