Shengelia’s knee surgery successful, expected back by camp

Nets forward Tornike Shengelia is expected back by the start of camp after successful knee surgery. AP Photo.

Nets forward Tornike Shengelia is expected back by the start of camp after successful knee surgery. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets announced that their young forward Tornike Shengelia underwent successful knee surgery to repair a damaged meniscus on Wednesday.

The surgery was done by Dr. Riley Williams III, the Nets team doctor. Surgery to repair a meniscus typically takes 2-3 months, but the Nets said that he’s expected to be back for the start of training camp so that puts it close to the two month side of things. Shengelia’s father said the injury could take as little as two weeks to recover from, but that’s not realistic even for minor surgery.

Shengelia was drafted by the 76ers in the second round of the 2012 draft before he was traded to the Nets for cash. The 21-year-old played in just 19 games during his rookie season and averaged 11.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per 36 minutes while shooting 43.5 percent. He probably won’t play much more in his sophomore season as the small forward is blocked by Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, and Alan Anderson at his position.


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