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McGrady’s Knee Causing Problems

In General NBA on December 2, 2008 at 8:00 am

Tracy McGrady continues to have problems with his left knee. Here’s an update on the situation from the Chronicle

With guard Tracy McGrady limping his way through the season, he and the Rockets decided to find a second opinion

McGrady, 29, missed Saturday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs and will be out tonight at Denver before flying to Birmingham, Ala., to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

“I think it’s a smart decision,” McGrady said. “I’m just not ready to play. With the limping and everything, I’m not healthy enough to play anymore. It’s good that I’m going to see the doctor on Monday and get a second opinion, and then we’ll make a decision on the future.”

McGrady has tried to follow Rockets’ team doctors advice of playing his way back into shape but physically he’s continually failing on the court; failing to run, jump, explode, sprint like he used to. It’s not a small difference either, it’s a huge detriment to his game.

Rockets doctors have said the 6-8 McGrady can best get back to full strength by playing. McGrady had surgery May 6 to remove loose particles in his left knee, missed most of training camp and the preseason, and has struggled.

McGrady, who has been seen by team physicians Dr. Tom Clanton and Dr. Walter Lowe, said he hopes to return from Birmingham with another treatment plan.

So now he’s looking for a better option

“There’s got to be,” McGrady said. “If I’m limping, I can’t continue to play my career by limping. There has to be some sort of other alternative that we can do, and I’m sure he has another answer.”

Asked if surgery is an option, McGrady said: “No, not at all. That is the last option.”

Update: ESPN says that McGrady will be out three weeks in an attempt to rest and recuperate his knee.

HOUSTON — Houston Rockets guard Tracy McGrady says he’ll miss three weeks to rehabilitate his sore left knee.

McGrady has missed Houston’s last three games after starting the first 15. He had arthroscopic surgery in May and admitted he came back a little bit too soon.

McGrady visited with orthopedist James Andrews on Monday. The team said Andrews confirmed the initial medical assessment by team doctor Tom Clanton that McGrady is suffering from general soreness in the knee.


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