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MavsFanFinley
07-21-2002, 12:45 PM
First-round draft pick reinjures his foot

July 21, 2002

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- First-round pick Curtis Borchardt, acquired by the Utah Jazz in a trade at the NBA draft, will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks because of a stress fracture in his right foot.

Borchardt, a 7-foot center who was taken by Orlando with the 18th overall selection, then traded for Utah's first-round choice and a second-round selection, missed the last 14 games of the 2000-01 season at Stanford due to the same injury.

Repetitive pounding from two-a-day practices caused the hairline fracture on the top of Borchardt's right arch, Jazz orthopedist Lyle Mason said.

Doctors have not ruled out the possibility of surgery, although Borchardt already has two screws in the bone from surgery on March 6, 2001.

``I've had it before, so at least I kind of know what I'm dealing with a little bit,'' Borchardt said. ``I'm pretty good at rehabbing.''

Borchardt signed a three-year, $3 million contract on July 12.