Baron Davis Has Successful Surgery on Left Knee
April 14, 1998

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA freshman guard Baron Davis today underwent successful surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The procedure was performed at the Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center by Dr. Stephen J. Lombardo, Los Angeles Lakers' team physician.

The surgery was performed Tuesday morning and Davis was released several hours later. His rehabilitation began immediately following the surgery.

Davis' injury occurred in the first half of UCLA's 85-82 win over Michigan during an NCAA second round South Region game at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta on March 15. A Basketball Times first-team Freshman All-American and the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Davis started 31 of 32 game for the Bruins last season. He was UCLA's fourth-leading scorer (11.7) and rebounder (4.0), shooting 52.9 from the field, 30.8 from three-point range and 67.6 from the foul line. He also led the Bruins in assists (5.0) and steals (2.4). His 77 steals last year are No. 2 on the Bruin single-season list, trailing only Cameron Dollar's 82 set in 1997.

"Obviously we are very happy that Baron's surgery was successful," said Bruin head coach Steve Lavin. "All of us in the Bruin basketball family will be helping him with his rehabilitation. That's the most important thing now that the surgery is over."


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