MILWAUKEE -- Bucks forward Drew Gooden will be sidelined four to six weeks because of lingering problems with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
General manager John Hammond says Gooden will undergo treatment on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The injury has already cost Gooden 21 games this season, including the past six.
Gooden signed a $32 million, five-year contract in the offseason. He's averaging 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 25 games this season. Gooden used padding in his shoe to try to alleviate the pain, but was often limping in pregame.
"It's just part of our season so far," coach Scott Skiles said. "You don't ever want anybody to be out, but at least we know now how long he's going to be out."
Skiles spoke before the Bucks played at Phoenix on Wednesday night. In addition to Drew's absence, Milwaukee also was without center Andrew Bogut because of a bruised right knee. Bogut was relieved that the injury was not more serious. He was hurt in the fourth quarter of Milwaukee's loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.p
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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