Well this is going to come as a shock, but—get this—turns out that a Portland Trail Blazers' center has injured his knee. Crazy, right? I'll give you a moment to clean up the coffee you just spit out everywhere.
From the O's Jason Quick.
Center Marcus Camby has a partial tear of his meniscus in left knee. Surgery slated for later this week.
Camby landed awkwardly on his left knee around the seven minute mark of last night's victory of Minnesota. An early morning MRI seemed to put him in the clear, but a later examination revealed the tear. I'm no Dr. Kneeologist—although covering the Blazers makes me the equivalent of a nurse practitioner Kneeologist—but this shouldn't be a season ending injury for Camby, although he'll certainly be sidelined for awhile. He'll be the fifth (!) Blazers player this season to go under the knife for knee surgery, joining Roy, Elliot Williams, Jeff Pendergraph, and of course, the man who gets a repeat customer discount, Greg Oden.
On April 11th 2010, Roy slightly tore his meniscus in a game against the Lakers, had surgery four days later, and returned to action within the week. Although that was an extreme case, and Roy's knee-health hasn't actually been the same since. Um, never mind. Forget I brought that up.
We'll post an update when a timetable for Camby becomes available and the team makes a formal announcement.
Update 9:08 pm:
And here's that announcement:
PORTLAND — Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby will undergo arthroscopic surgery later this week to repair a partial medial meniscus tear in his left knee, it was announced today by General Manager Rich Cho.
"The MRI taken earlier today did not show anything significant," said Cho. "However, a more thorough review tonight from our team physician did reveal a partial tear."
The exact date for Camby's arthroscopy has yet to be determined. A timeline for his return will be set following surgery.
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