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MavsFanFinley
07-03-2003, 10:37 AM
MRI shows Ridnour's pelvic bone is injured

Percy Allen
Seattle Times staff reporter

Luke Ridnour knew something was wrong, but he continued to audition for NBA teams despite the pain in his midsection. He believed the injury was a mild abdominal strain, but an MRI test has revealed an avulsion fracture of the pelvic bone that will delay the start of his Sonics career.

Ridnour is restricted to non-contact drills when he participates in next week's three-day camp that will feature fellow Sonics first-round pick Nick Collision and several free agents seeking to be selected for Seattle's team in the Southern California Summer Pro League in Long Beach, Calif.

The Sonics had hoped to begin Ridnour's indoctrination as an NBA point guard during the summer league games, but those plans will have to wait. He will fly with the team to California but will not play.

Ridnour will be reevaluated in two to four weeks to determine when he will be cleared to return. The Sonics expect him to be ready when training camp begins.

"We're just glad it's not anything too serious," general manager Rick Sund said. "It should be able to heal relatively soon."

The injury occurred during a workout with the Milwaukee Bucks last month. Despite the pain, Ridnour underwent workouts with several other teams, including the Sonics.

"He wasn't feeling his best, and he still came in to work out for us," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said on draft day. "That showed me something. That told me this guy wanted to be here, that he's taking this seriously."

Mandyahl
07-03-2003, 03:06 PM
well that sucks for the sonics. hopefully he will be cleared to play soon.