Milwaukee Bucks center Drew Gooden has missed four straight games with a hurting wrist. Word came Wednesday from the 6-10 Oakland native that he's actually got a partially torn ligament in the wrist but doesn't need to have surgery on it right now, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The wrist problems have been with him all season, Gooden said, but got much worse in the team's Feb. 15 loss to the New Orleans Hornets, the paper reports.
"I keep getting it banged up, where I'm landing on it or falling on the floor," Gooden said, according to the Journal Sentinel. "Or getting it jammed while guarding guys in the post, just trying to make plays defensively. It got to the point where it was just tough warming up before the game. It was painful to shoot. It got to the point where if I was going to shoot, it was only going to be in the game."
Gooden is hopeful that the All-Star break will prove restorative. "I look forward to be back in uniform after the break and take it from there," he said, the paper notes.
Gooden is averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.