Another big loss — Moore will undergo heel surgery

The already short-handed and vertically challenged Warriors will be without Mikki Moore for an indefinite period after the veteran center decided to have surgery to remove bone spurs in his bothersome right heel.

The Warriors made the announcement Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, Moore flew from Philadelphia to Indianapolis, where he'll be examined by ankle surgeon Dr. David Porter. How long Moore is out will be determined after surgery, which will take place later this week.

Why Moore decided to have surgery now is unclear. He said earlier this month that he didn't want to have the procedure while the Warriors were without Andris Biedrins (abdominal) and Ronny Turiaf (left knee), but neither big man is expected to be back before next week. Biedrins said he is working out and that it's possible he can return to practice next week.

Warriors coach Don Nelson said before Wednesday's game against San Antonio that he hasn't had a chance to speak with Moore. Nelson did say he'll need greater contributions from Anthony Randolph and Chris Hunter, but Vladimir Radmanovic started at center for the Warriors on Wednesday.

"It gives us an opportunity to play Randolph a little bit more, which I like," Nelson said after Wednesday's shoot-around at Oracle Arena. "Whenever (Biedrins and Turiaf) come back, they come back. I think they're getting closer, I can't tell you when that is."

The Warriors have scouted the NBA Development League for players, but they'll have to wait on Moore's prognosis before they can make any moves. If Moore is out for an extended period, the NBA might give Golden State clearance to sign a 17th player.

Already out for the season are forwards Kelenna Azubuike (left patella tendon) and Brandan Wright (left shoulder). Shooting guard Raja Bell (left wrist) is out for at least two to three more months, and point guard Speedy Claxton (knee) hasn't played this season.

  • Hunter is scheduled to treat a group of local youngsters to a private screening of the movie "Princess And The Frog" today at 4:30 p.m. at Brenden Theatre in Concord. He'll do a brief meet-and-greet before the movie and pose for pictures afterward.

    — CURTIS PASHELKA