Damian Jones is a long ways away from returning to the basketball court, but the first step in his recovery is in the books. And it went well. The Golden State Warriors announced that Jones underwent surgery for his torn pectoral on Wednesday, and that the surgery was a success.
The release reads as follows:
Damian Jones Injury Update - 12/7
Warriors center Damian Jones, who suffered a torn left pectoral muscle during last Saturday’s game in Detroit, underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair the injury. The surgery was performed by Dr. Benjamin Domb at Adventist Medical Health Center in Chicago and will enable Jones to begin rehabilitation in six (6) weeks. His progress and a timetable for his return will be updated as appropriate.
Jones has missed two games since suffering the injury against the Detroit Pistons. The initial diagnosis was that Jones may miss the rest of the season, and this update would seem to reinforce that.
If the third-year center cannot begin rehab until mid-January, it would seem very plausible that he won’t play again this regular season. However, in each of the last four years, the Warriors have extended their season by two months, so there should be a chance that Jones is back at some point in the postseason.
After playing just 174 minutes in his first two NBA seasons, Jones was having something of a breakout campaign this year. Acting as the starting center in the absence of DeMarcus Cousins, Jones averaged 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game, in just over 17 minutes of action a night.