L.A. Times: Lakers center Chris Mihm will undergo surgery on his right heel and sit out about four to six weeks.

Mihm’s right ankle has been surgically repaired twice, and he has been sidelined since Dec. 23 because of bursitis in his right heel and a sore Achilles’ tendon in his right foot.

He felt persistent pain, underwent three weekly sonar-wave treatments and took part in individual workouts with team trainers but often felt sore the next day.

The team, and Mihm, thought surgery was the best option now, with the hope he could return as a backup later in the season. Mihm had been with the Lakers on their nine-game trip but left Monday to return to Los Angeles and was expected to have surgery this week.

“We wanted to give Chris a shot to have an opportunity during this time and through the All-Star break to come back perhaps, but it looks like it’s going to be a little bit longer for that,” Coach Phil Jackson said.

Mihm is averaging 4.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 19 games this season. He had an 11-point, seven-rebound effort Dec. 4 against Minnesota but played only three games after that.

Mihm, 28, sat out last season while recovering from reconstructive ankle surgery. He has one year left on his contract.

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  • erickson

    man.. is this good or bad news.

  • JCBiglessworth

    dude…im so tired of this guy. He’s been in our roster for 3 seasons now and has been gettin free money cuz he never plays. And u guys remmeber him asking for the full mid level last summer???? F*uck this guy

  • Phant0M

    F**K Chris Limb..
    :)

  • http://nba.com IMmichael

    its not his fault his ankle is screwed up

  • erickson

    freaking chris wilcox had to mess him up!! i still remember that dunk on chris mihm!!

  • DCLAKER

    People got mad,literally,cause they should have traded this guy before the season started but they told me to F%$& OFF,guess what,he’s getting more surgery on that ankle.I don’t think any GM at this point will take him now and I think it’s best he just RETIRES!

  • foxxy

    THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES CHRIS…BYE….WISH YOU THE BEST IN RETIREMENT…THE LAKERS GOTTA KEEP MOVIN!!!!!

  • Rpoc

    Trade? He has a no-trade clause because of how he was signed. There is no team that would want him for his talent because he is hurt. Unlike Kwame who’s a big giant expiring contract, he has a player option next year and his contract isn’t big anyway.

    So you won’t find a team that wants him because of playing ability and you won’t find even find a desperate team that wants him to save money.

    Unless he has a divine recovery like Grant Hill who suddenly had new ankles after multiple surgeries, Mihm’s got a fork sticking out of his back. Too bad because he would have been a good back up C.

  • Michael_23

    He couldn’t be traded over the summer cause he was a free agent. Other scouts were looking at him over the summer but never signed him. I think he worked out with Phoenix and 2 other teams and was never signed. I think they knew he had a long way to go in the recovery process.

    So the Lakers signed him and we all expected we’d see the Chris Mihm of 2 years ago. He’s probably one of those players who will never be the same after season-ending surgery. Kind of like Penny Hardaway and Allen Houston. The Lakers have the “option” to sign up next season or not.

    What I didn’t like about this news is that the Lakers waited until the All-Star break to have his surgery. If we could have done this after Dec. 23rd then we’d have Chris Mihm by now. Then we can have 4 centers not even including Turiof. Then we can have 24 fouls to waist on people like Shaq. hahahha.

  • nyla

    This guy is a fraud!

  • lakersisbomb

    once chris gets back from the injury, i bet you he will start playing crap like kwame

  • LakerNation1

    poor guy, cant seem to catch a break…

  • double

    Maybe the Grizzlies will take him…

  • ab4sure

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    A fraud?????? Injury prone yes… he was pretty productive before the injuries. People forget that he played injured in the Denver game right after the Minnesota game when Kwame was injured. He deserves credit for doing so and since that game he messed up his body more. Now hopefully he fully recovers.

  • maccassedy

    IDK

  • DCLAKER

    So I’m looking for possible free agents for next season(after the rings,GET IT) and I’m checking Det.vs.Atl.,let me say if Josh Smith decides to come to LA,HE WOULD BE ALL WE NEED,STRAIGHT ANIMAL.2ND unit would be crazy Turiaf/AB/J.Smith,WHOA! What if they get Maggette,Laker would win at least 4 ‘ships for the next 6yrs.(even after KB).

  • BEC

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    We need a permanent thread on this site that teaches people how the nba works, too many have know idea how the business side of the nba works. Many seem to have no clue how the rules and restrictions to signing free agents or players in general.

  • somelakerfan1

    People got mad,literally,cause they should have traded this guy before the season started but they told me to F%$& OFF,guess what,he’s getting more surgery on that ankle.I don’t think any GM at this point will take him now and I think it’s best he just RETIRES!

  • somelakerfan1

    just let him stay till he gets his ring

  • MILO

    Nooooooooo! this means more Mbenga nooooooooooooo!

  • http://www.themonstore.com derrick

    if i remember correctly, isn’t this the same chris mihm that at the beginning of the season was shopping around for more money from other teams because he believed he deserved more than what the lakers were offering him?

    get off the team, we do not want you or need you Chris.

  • Newtdog

    Not to burst anyones bubble, but my friend knows Chris mihm personally, and he told me that Chris said that he would be lucky to play 10 more games the rest of his career. He said his ankle is never gonna be the same, and that he will probubly be retiring soon. So in my opion, no big deal, we don’t need him anyway

  • iLakers

    Damn!!!

    I swear, i thought we as fans were supposed to support this team and the players involved. As soon as bad news hits, many of you so called fans start talking smack. We need to chill and look at the bright side of EVERYTHING!

    Before the surgery-news WE were thinking that when he comes back he’d be a solid backup to AB blah blah blah…

    Now Mihm needs surgery and a lot you so called fans are like “you suck Mihm”…cut-throat man!

    Mihm would’ve been a very solid addition to the team, not excellent but we already have excellent in Pau, Ariza, and Bynum…so he was just some extra topping. And if you like it or not he’s part of the team, lets not chastise him until he gets on the court and performs.

    So stop hating and start appreciating. Yeah thats right…appreciate the fact that the main players will get more time to gel together (especially Pau). And lets hope AB comes back 100% and with the same intensity.

    Its called KARMA people. So stop spreading that bad juju…haha.

  • Lakerboi

    At least he is just making 2 mil. Lakers need to get ride of Sasha, Mihm, Tacos this off season, only resign Ariza and Turif. We are already over the limit and need to dump some cap room. We would still have this line up:

    Kobe/ Ariza/ Coby
    Bynum/ Turif
    Lamar/Walton
    Gasolina/Radman
    Fishman/Farmar

    We would need atleast 2 more to meet the league min, but maybe we can trade Mihm for cash and draft pick. I really don’t think we bring Sasha back having Radman. We also have to resign Bynum long term and that will not be cheap….GO LAKERS.

  • Ignard

    Enough already with this guy.

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    Agreed, Mihm was a productive player when he was healthy. His ankle injury was a bad injury (I’ve had tons of ankle injuries and I can’t look at the reply of how Mihm was injured – it was bad).

    The Lakers resigned him because he was a cheap center, who had NBA experience. They didn’t know whether or not his ankle could sustain the NBA season, so they rolled the dice on him (besides, at the time they signed him they had two other centers, Kwame and Andrew, so the gamble wasn’t that big of a risk).

    Mihm has one year left, $2.5M, on his contract (next year) but I predict the Lakers will simply buy out his contract in the offseason,

  • baecp

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    you’re stupid simply because radman and sasha are not the same. they don’t play same position but they both have outside shots, that makes them the same? get ride of mbenga? he’s only with us for this year fool!

  • http://www.myspace.com/ericthaimyshoe Eric Thai

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    Are you kidding me? Sasha? … Sasha?

  • Rasarx

    If it is true that this is the end of his career then I truly feel sad for him. I have never been too impressed by his play but I’d never want to see any professional player who is a decent human being go out like this. That’s a terrible way to end one’s career, by having someone fall on your ankle and cut your livelyhood short.

  • GotGasol.com

    Lakerboi on February 12, 2008 at 9:34 pm said:

    At least he is just making 2 mil. Lakers need to get ride of Sasha, Mihm, Tacos this off season, only resign Ariza and Turif. We are already over the limit and need to dump some cap room. We would still have this line up:

    Kobe/ Ariza/ Coby
    Bynum/ Turif
    Lamar/Walton
    Gasolina/Radman
    Fishman/Farmar

    We would need atleast 2 more to meet the league min, but maybe we can trade Mihm for cash and draft pick. I really don’t think we bring Sasha back having Radman. We also have to resign Bynum long term and that will not be cheap….GO LAKERS.

    DO YOU EVEN WATCH THE GAMES???? Sasha has been coming through and he’s Kobe’s back-up, Radman is a forward not a SG!!!

  • mplakers

    chris mihm does not deserve the kwame brown treatment. before, his injury, he was averaging 10-11 points and 7-9 rebounds and a block. on certain nights, he would get 15 and 12. the guy hustled hard and he had a good go to move in the post that was 50 percent reliable.(jumphook)THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO SIGN OF HIM BEING A CANCER THAT KWAME “DOO-DOO” BROWN WAS.

    THE INJURY WASN’T EVEN HIS FAULT. CHRIS WILCOX STEPPED ON HIS FOOT ACCIDENTALLY.

    chris mihm would definitely make a solid backup to andrew. in fact, i will go out on a limb and say that mihm would make the best back up center from the lakers bench. LET’S CHEER THE GUY NEXT TIME WE SEE HIM AT THE GAME AND SHOW HIM SOME APPRECIATION.

    IT’S TOO BAD, THE LAKERS CAN DEFINITELY USE HIM IN THE PLAYOFFS BETTER THAN THEY CAN RELY ON MBENGA.

    AND IT’S SASHA OVER RADMAN FOR SURE. THAT GUY IS SHOWING FLASHES OF BECOMING A GO TO OUTSIDE SHOOTER AND HE PLAYS PESKY DEFENSE. if they don’t resign him, someone will.

  • iLakers

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    Kudos man…Kudos.

    Sasha is becoming a monster with his outside shooting (as well as Farmar), but lets hope he doesnt become addicted to it…hahaha. Because then he’d be all “i need that shot man…gimme that shot”…hahaha.

    Seriously though, Sasha and Farmar are becoming key offensive threats off the bench. I just hope they still realize that points in the paint are just as important (have you seen Farmar’s fades when he gets in the paint…sik). Radman is an excellent shooter but he gets hot/cold in the games and his D is shady (my opinion).

    Aside from our injured players, the only thing missing from our team right now is….DEFENSE. Somebody get a wrench. Phil?

    Go LakeShow!! Get healthy Mihm!!

  • bc18

    i hate chris mihm….he only has 1 move….turn around jump hook with the right hand lol…and he picks up fouls easily…just waive him lol no trade necessary lol

  • 187 ON BOSTON

    This fool is krummy browns white brother. we should of had him take a ride with kwame. just give him to somboby. even if its for free.
    HEY MITCH, I WILL TRADE YOU AN 8th OF THIS “PURPLE KUSH” FOR HIM JUST SO I CAN TAKE HIM IN THE BACKYARD TAN FINISH HIM OFF WITH A BASEBALL BAT. i cant stand seeing or hearing about this waste of life any more

  • foxxy

    WHATS UP WITH COB KARL???????????

  • Deemac1

    Can some1 explain to me why we extended the contract to some1 that has not played since 06? Im not understanding why this guy is still getting a pay check! must be nice not have to do your job & still get paid millions!Damn dude get rid of this bum.I have never heard of a 2 yr sprained ankle!Can we package him with Rad and get somebody else? I like Rad but if we can get Kidd or Artest some1 like that piece out!! Even i know its just wishful thinking.

  • LakersFirst

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    I’ll explain it to you. First of all, Mihm didn’t just have a sprained ankled. He had ankle surgery, twice, and I believe one of those surgeries was a ankle restructure.

    This past summer (summer 07), Mihm was a free agent and worked out for a few teams. He wanted a three year contract, worth $15M ($5/M per season). No teams were going for that, not even the Lakers.

    As the summer went on, Mihm remained unsigned, so the Lakers offered him a 2 year $5M deal, with a player option to opt-out in the offseason. With this deal, the Lakers said if you play well in your first year, you can opt-out after the first year and ask for bigger money. For the Lakers it wasn’t that big of a gamble because they had two other centers in Kwame and Bynum. Also, it wasn’t a big gamble because if Mihm did play well, they would have had an experienced center for cheap $2M for one year.

  • DCLAKER

    BEC,first of all there AIN’T NOBODY ON THIS SITE THAT IS GETTING 6 OR 7 FIGURES FOR THERE BUSINESS SAVY,SO GIVE ME A BREAK. When we at LAKERNATION,whether me or whoever makes a proposal for a trade it is just that,A PROPOSAL,a suggestion because I’m a fan and a LOYAL ON AT THAT. No,I don’t know about the wheelings and dealing of how trades go down but EVERYONE,including myself knew that a trade was coming and GUESS WHAT….PAU!PAU!PAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUU! Its not about what you know here on LAKERNATION OR HOW TECHNICAL YOU SOUND TO MAKE YOURSELF BIGGER OR BETTER THAN THE NEXT FAN. I’m a LAKER4LIFE SINCE ’81 so I don’t have to try to prove anything to anybody and you have to either,THIS IS ONE COMMON GOAL THAT WE AT LAKERNATION HAVE AND THAT’S THE RESPECT WE HAVE FOR THIS SITE AND EACH OTHER AND YOU AIN’T ROLLIN’ WITH THAT,well…..it’s just like The USA,you either LOVE IT OR GET THE….OUT!!!

  • kushking

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    fuk dat he’s only worth a gram!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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