"Smith, the 76ers’ second-year big man, underwent successful reconstructive surgery yesterday to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament on his left knee, the Sixers announced yesterday.
The 6-foot-11 Smith tore the ACL on Aug. 6 while doing a layup at an NBA-approved camp in Las Vegas.
The surgery was performed in New York City by Dr. David Altchek, the attending Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Prior to the surgery, Smith remained in Philadelphia to do pre-surgery physical therapy to rebuild the muscles around the knee.
The Sixers said no timetable has been set for Smith’s return.
During his rookie season, Smith, from Colorado State University, averaged 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game."
Everything went smooth with Smith's surgery, which was only an ACL tear. I say 'only' because sometimes these types of knee injuries include the MCL, PCL, possibly meniscus. Obviously, the freshest on everyone's mind is Tom Brady's combo tear of ACL, MCL.
I gave a call to my former college trainer who explained that an isolated ACL tear (just the ACL) usually makes the recovery time quicker. But obviously it's dependent on the athlete and how the knee responds.
I don't claim to be a doctor -- just relaying the information.
As mentioned above, the Sixers will not say when they think Smith can return to the court. Typically you would see a six month rehab, but athletes have been known to return to competition in as soon as three months.
I doubt the Sixers' are going to press the gas on Smith's rehab considering they shored up their front court with Theo Ratliff, Donyell Marshall (he's kind of a '3', too) and draft pick Marreese Speights. With Sam Dalembert, Reggie Evans, and Elton Brand also roaming around in the 4-5 spots, you would think the Sixers would urge Smith to be careful in each step of the rehab.
I actually had the opportunity to watch Smith in college with Colorado State. The Rams came to Boulder to play the University of Colorado, which also had a talented big man in 7-0 center David Harrison (who went on to be a first-round pick of the Pacers). Smith was a fun player to watch because he had more finesse than you might expect from a 6-11 kid.
Best of luck to him with his recovery.
One more thing: Looks like Kyle Korver is back in town ... temporarily, of course.