Good news on Theo’s status. Hope for a speedy recovery.
ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers reserve center Theo Ratliff underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to perform a partial meniscectomy on his left knee, the team announced Tuesday.
The 30-minute procedure was performed by Lakers team orthopaedist Dr. Steve Lomardo in Los Angeles. The timetable for Ratliff’s return is set at a minimum of 4-6 weeks.
“We’re not surprised [about Ratliff’s surgery],” Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said after shootaround at the Bradley Center as his team prepared for Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. “He’s had some issues trying to get on the court after back-to-backs or practices and stuff. We knew something was going [on] even though he was game trying to go through it.”
Ratliff produced averages of 0.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.63 blocks and 8.4 minutes in the eight games he played this season. He sat out the Lakers last two games before an MRI on Monday determined he would need surgery.
“I think some of that time off will do him some good and [he will] just come back ready to go,” Kobe Bryant said about Ratliff.