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MavsFanFinley
05-23-2002, 09:06 PM
Blazers' Pippen has minor knee surgery

May 23, 2002

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland Trail Blazers forward Scottie Pippen had minor surgery on his right knee and is expected to be ready to workout by the Fourth of July.

The operation, performed Tuesday in Chicago by former Bulls team doctor John Hefferon, took about 30 minutes.

Pippen, who will be 37 in September, missed 17 games this season because of a deep bruise in his right knee. It began to swell at the end of the regular season, and a postseason physical revealed that surgery was needed.

``His knee had been sore coming down the stretch, and we thought this was something we should do,'' team president and general manager Bob Whitsitt said. ``It was basically just a cleaning-out of the knee. But we are glad he got it done early and will be ready for the beginning of the season.''

Pippen will be entering the final year of his contract and will earn $19.7 million.

He averaged 10.6 points, 5.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds in the regular season and 16.3 points, 5.7 assists and 9.3 rebounds in the Blazers' three playoff games against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hales233
05-27-2002, 08:08 PM
Let's Go Pippen#33!!! i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif

Drbio
05-27-2002, 08:20 PM
Pippen may be entering the final year of his distinguished career.

Murphy3
05-27-2002, 08:23 PM
as a bulls' player, he was looking like he might turn it into a hall of fame career.. now, i'd be sickened if he gets into the hall