LOS ANGELES - The Golden State Warriors' Australian big man Andrew Bogut will be sidelined indefinitely after therapy on his ailing right knee, the NBA team said Thursday.
Bogut was due to miss his fifth successive game when the Warriors, owners of the best record in the league, hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He had platelet-rich plasma therapy after consulting with team doctors and his personal physician from Australia.
"We fully support Andrew in his decision to undergo the PRP treatment," Warriors General Manager Bob Myers said in a statement posted on the team's website.
"Our number one concern is that Andrew is 100 per cent healthy and we will continue to support him in any way we can to make that happen."
Bogut had indicated on Tuesday that the trouble was perhaps more serious than the tendinitis first diagnosed.
"From what I was told, it wasn't something I should be worried about," he said. "But evidently it probably is."
The Warriors said an MRI this month revealed chondromalacia, a deterioration of cartilage, and bone edema, which is a build up of excess fluid in the bone marrow.
The seven-footer (2.1 meters) is averaging 7.1 points per game along with 9.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots.
But he has been bedeviled by injury in the past.
A broken rib kept Bogut sidelined as the Warriors fell in the first round of last season's playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers.
He missed 50 games recovering from left ankle surgery during the 2012-13 season.