Snow could be out of action even longer

This article was published on December 9, 2000.

The 76ers' quarterback could be out of the huddle for longer than six to eight weeks.

Point guard Eric Snow will not know for sure until he is examined tomorrow in Philadelphia by Dr. Paul Hecht, a foot-and-ankle specialist, and again Monday in Houston by Dr. Donald Baxter, one of the Rockets' specialists.

If the stress fracture in Snow's right ankle requires surgery, the original projection for recovery could be extended by at least a month.

"It helps to know we'd still have a good deal of the season left, but it still hurts [to be out]," Snow said. "The goal we wanted to accomplish was to have the best record in the Eastern Conference. But I have the utmost confidence in our guys. "

Snow played in the Sixers' loss to the Lakers Tuesday night, then complained of severe pain. His injury was diagnosed Wednesday and Thursday after he was seen by Dr. Stephen Lombardo, one of the Los Angeles Lakers' physicians, and Dr. Phillip Kwong, a foot-and-ankle specialist.

The injury is in the same area as the chip fracture that caused Snow to miss five games during last season's playoffs, but might not necessarily be related.

"Once he gets these two opinions, we'll know from that point what will happen," general manager Billy King said. "More than likely, he'll have surgery unless these doctors say something different. "

King said the possibilities of a bone graft or the insertion of pins were discussed.

King acknowledged the loss of Snow, the co-captain who keyed both the offense and defense and best relayed coach Larry Brown's instructions to his teammates, is a major blow, but tried to keep it in perspective.

"If you say this is devastating, you're saying the season is over, and we don't want to do that," King said. "Eric has had a big impact on our team. Now, we have to figure out a different way to play. "

King also said he and Brown will not rush to add a player to the roster, in part because the list of available point guards is sparse. Boston signed free agent Milt Palacio this week, and Phoenix added free agent Elliot Perry yesterday. The Sixers have shown no interest in former Sixer Doug Overton, dropped this week by the Celtics.