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Warriors' Diogu out 3-4 weeks with broken hand

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie forward Ike Diogu learned Friday
he'll miss the rest of the Golden State Warriors' exhibition
schedule with a broken left hand.

Diogu will be out at least three weeks, according to the team
doctors' diagnosis when the Warriors returned to practice at their
training complex in Oakland after opening camp in Hawaii.
The ninth overall pick was injured during practice early in camp
_ and though the broken metacarpal bone doesn't even require a hard
cast, it will hinder Diogu's efforts to crack Golden State's
playing rotation.
``It's disappointing, but I guess it could have been worse,''
Diogu said while holding a slim energy drink can with his broken
hand. ``I've just got to prove myself all over again in practice.
Practice is where it gets done.''
Diogu hopes his hand will heal in time for the Warriors'
regular-season opener Nov. 2 against Atlanta. But given all the
practice time and exhibition games he'll miss, it's unlikely he
would get to play much anyway.
The Warriors anticipate a big season with point guard Baron
Davis leading a veteran roster of returnees, though Diogu should
fit into the mix when healthy. At least 10 players are expected to
return from last season's club, which missed the playoffs for the
11th straight year but won 14 of its final 18 games.
``Ike was going to have to work his way into the rotation with
the guys we've got back,'' coach Mike Montgomery said. ``Any rookie
needs experience. It's not something you step in and dominate. The
best place for that would have been exhibitions, but that's not
available to us, so we have to go to Plan B.''
That plan involves plenty of work on treadmills and exercise
bikes in addition to sprints and classroom study. He'll be joined
by rookie forward Chris Taft, who strained his groin early in
training camp and didn't play in the Warriors' two Hawaii
exhibition games against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Golden State resumes its exhibition schedule Sunday night at
Sacramento.