Report: Warriors center Anderson Varejao likely out for Olympics
Warriors center Anderson Varejao left his native Brazil to have his back examined in the United States before the Rio Olympics.
The prognosis doesn’t sound good.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
ESPN sources: Warriors center Anderson Varejao is likely to be ruled out of the Olympics in his native Brazil this week due to a back injury— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 26, 2016
That’s a bummer for Varejao, who was clearly looking forward to playing in his home Olympics. At least Brazil still has plenty of talent -- including Nene, Leandro Barbosa, Raul Neto and Marcelo Huertas -- to compete for a medal.
The Warriors certainly hope Varejao heals in time for the season. They might have to depend on him to back up Zaza Pachulia if rookie Damian Jones isn’t ready and they want to limit the pounding Draymond Green takes at center.