Update: Tornike Shengelia will have knee surgery

Nets sophomore forward Tornike Shenglia may need knee surgery before the start of the season. AP Photo.

Nets sophomore forward Tornike Shenglia may need knee surgery before the start of the season. AP Photo.

Update: Just minutes after posting this the Nets announced that Shengelia will indeed have knee surgery on July 31. The Nets will update us all on the timeline after the surgery.

Original post: The Brooklyn Nets sophomore forward Tornike Shengelia injured his knee during the NBA Summer League and may need knee surgery, according to Roland Labuchidze of Woldsport Georgia.

Nobody has said when exactly Shengelia hurt his knee, but he was slightly hobbled during the Summer League. Surgery was a possibility at the time, but nothing, until now, has been mentioned about it since. Typically surgery to repair a torn meniscus takes about 2-3 months to recover so Shengelia should be back by the start of the season or shortly after. An operation would keep him out of Eurobasket 2013 in the meantime.

Shengelia, who will be 22 before the start of the season, played in just 19 games for the Nets last season for an average of 4.9 minutes per contest. He shot 43.5 percent and averaged 11.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per 36 minutes. He wasn’t expected to get significantly more playing time in his second year with the team as the small forward is blocked by newcomers Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko.

 


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