Shipp Out for Remainder of 2006 Season

Jan. 10, 2006

Because of continuing and increasing pain and discomfort in his right hip, UCLA sophomore Josh Shipp will not play or practice for the remainder of the 2006 collegiate season, Bruin head coach Ben Howland announced Tuesday.

"Josh had surgery back in late September, and at this point, his pain levels are just unacceptable, just too much to handle," Howland said. "He has constant throbbing during every practice and every game, he's very sore every day, and the next morning he's obviously very stiff. And it's not getting better. That's the main thing, that's the concern.

"He has made this decision, through consultation with the physician that did the surgery, Dr. Carlos Guanche, his mother (Debbie) and his family, our staff and our trainer. The bottom line is his long-term health. "I appreciate Josh trying to come back and trying to help his team," Howland said. "We're off to a great start and Josh tried to do everything he could to help his team.

"For the next two-and-one-half-months Josh will do nothing but rest and rehab and will be constantly evaluated by our team physician and Dr. Guanche."

Shipp on Sept. 28, had an outpatient arthroscopic right hip procedure performed by Dr. Carlos A. Guanche at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys. The procedure repaired a torn labrum (cartilage) and also included a debridement of the femoral neck (bone spur removal).

"It's been something that's been lingering in my mind for awhile," Shipp said. "For the Stanford and Cal games, I really didn't feel comfortable, but I wanted to go out there and try and help the team get a win. It was just real sore and painful in those two games. I tried to go again last weekend and I just decided I couldn't do it the whole year, there was just too much pain."

After missing the first 11 games this season, Shipp has started in the Bruins' first four Pac-10 contests. He was averaging 29.8 minutes, 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists, and was shooting .410 (16-39) from the field, .462 (6-13) from three-point range and .875 (7-8) from the foul line.

As a freshman in 2004-05, Shipp earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman honors. He started 23 of the final 24 games and averaged 9.3 points and 5.2 rebounds (No. 10 on the Bruin all-time freshman chart/highest rebound average of any Pac-10 freshman in 2005).

Once the 2005-06 season is completed, UCLA will petition the NCAA for a medical hardship waiver, hoping to get Shipp another year of eligibility.

Howland also announced UCLA's other injury updates during his Tuesday press conference

  • sophomore guard Arron Afflalo - suffered a left hip pointer and right backside bruised soft tissue late in the Arizona State game - he underwent precautionary x-rays Tuesday, but is expected to start on Thursday vs. Washington State.
  • sophomore Jordan Farmar - has been slowed most of the season with a right ankle sprain. Howland indicated that Farmar would not practice on Tuesday with any contact.
  • sophomore center Lorenzo Mata - suffered a slight nose fracture in the Arizona State game and will wear a face mask for the next few games.
  • senior guard/forward Cedric Bozeman - on Dec. 27, injured his left shoulder (torn cartilage). Since then, Bozeman has been undergoing rehabilitation and strengthening of his injured left shoulder and has not played in the first four Pac-10 games and will not play this weekend vs. the Washington schools.
  • senior center Michael Fey - has missed the last five games with a sprained right ankle and is doubtful for this weekend.
  • senior center Ryan Hollins - has missed the last five games with a strained groin. He has been cleared to do straight forward running and noncontact drills, but is also doubtful for this weekend.

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