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Jason Smith to have surgery on Wednesday

On Wednesday, Jason Smith begins the difficult road back to the basketball court.

Jason Smith to have surgery on Wednesday

On Wednesday, Jason Smith begins the difficult road back to the basketball court.

The 76ers’ 6-foot-11 backup center, and first-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, will have surgery in New York City to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, this according to Smith’s agent, Marc Bartelstein.

Smith tore the ligament on Aug. 7 while doing a lay-up at an NBA-approved camp in Las Vegas . 

Dr. David Altchek, the attending Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York , evaluated Smith in August and is believed to be performing the surgery.

Bartelstein said Smith is currently in Philadelphia doing pre-surgery physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee.

“Jason’s doing well,” Bartelstein said. “He’s anxious to do the surgery and get started on the rehab process.”

The Sixers have not put a timetable on Smith’s return, but he is believed to be out for the entire 2008-09 season. 

During his rookie season, Smith, from Colorado State University , averaged 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game.

 

-- Kate

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Keith Pompey is in his first season covering the Sixers for The Inquirer after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

Narducci also has a true passion for South Jersey scholastic sports, which he has covered for many years.

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