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October 10, 2007

Hawes under the knife again

Before we get to the Reggie Theus debut, there's the ongoing matter of Spencer Hawes' health - or lack thereof. What's known is that his left knee will be checked out today by way arthroscopic surgery. Hawes will either be ready to start a four to six week recovery at that point, or suffer the same fate as Greg Oden and require microfracture surgery.
That much has been known. Yet what is new to this saga is just how extensive Hawes' knee problems truly are. Last week, he told me he had microfracture surgery on his left knee at 14. What he didn't mention was that, according to Kings spokesman Troy Hanson, he had to go back in for a re-do of sorts six months later after he came back too early. What's more, a Seattle Post-Intelligencer story from Feb. 7, 2004, states Hawes had "three surgeries" that year but makes no mention of microfracture, chances are, because the procedure and the dreaded M-word hadn't become part of the sports culture just yet.
Then there was an arthroscopic surgery on his right knee before last season at Washington, followed by today's procedure. In all, that would make four jobs on the left knee and one on the right after today.
Either way, that's a lot of wheel work for a 19-year-old. We'll know today if he has another flat or if the refilling can begin. - Sam Amick

Posted by samick at 12:50 AM


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