There’s no question that the Philadelphia 76ers are in full #tankforWiggins mode — plenty of NBA teams are. They might as well go ahead and shelf Jason Richardson for the entire 2013-14 regular season while they’re at it, right?
Well according to Bob Cooney of Philly.com, Richardson is in fact likely to miss the upcoming season following his meniscus surgery in February.
Jason Richardson is most likely out for the season following major knee surgery late last season. Rookie Nerlens Noel, who tore the ACL late in his lone year at Kentucky, might not play until after the new year, if at all. Kwame Brown is under contract for a whopping $3 million, but he’ll most likely be waived, with the team eating the salary, and Royce White’s anxiety disorder may never get him out of a Delaware 87ers uniform.
Richardson was diagnosed with a hole in his meniscus at some point last season. The only way to fix it was under the knife. Richardson elaborates…
“I was diagnosed with having a hole in my meniscus about the size of a quarter. Going to several doctors to see what was the best procedure to have, I decided to go with a fairly new procedure called Denovo surgery. It’s a surgery where they take juvenile cartilage and implant it back into my knee where the cartilage damage occur.
“Although the most common surgery for basketball players (micro-fracture surgery) has a quicker recovery time, I felt that the Denovo surgery has a better long-term success rate post basketball.
“My rehab process right now… I have to be on crutches for 12 weeks completely … no weight bearing on my left leg (Been on them for 5 weeks now), after crutches I have to be in a special brace called the loader brace which relieves stress from the area of the surgery for six months.
“Some time by mid-October, I will be able to start lifting light weights, and hopefully if all goes well I will be able to resume normal basketball activity by late January-early February.
Cooney goes on to say that Philly better prepare for a “painful” season. Lots of young players spells for their fair share of losses.
Lots of losses also equals lots of ping pong balls come June. “Painful” should be taken lightly.