By Jeff Faraudo
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at 5:57 pm in Basketball.
Bad news for former Cal star Leon Powe, who tore his left ACL in Monday night’s NBA playoff game, and will be lost for not only the remainder of the postseason, but perhaps much or all of the 2009-10 campaign.
It’s the same knee on which Powe had ACL reconstructive surgery after his junior season at Oakland Tech and again after his freshman campaign at Cal. He sat out the entire next season after the latter surgery in the spring of 2004.
This one comes at the end of the third and final year of Powe’s initial contract with the Boston Celtics.
Powe also tore his meniscus in the Celtics’ win over Chicago. This injury is unrelated to the right knee strain that sidelined him for nearly a month late this season.
“That is just a tough injury for a kid who has done everything right,” coach Doc Rivers told reporters after practice on Tuesday.
No word on when Powe might undergo surgery, and his Oakland-based agent Aaron Goodwin told ESPN.com that they might seek a second opinion before going ahead with surgery, which would sideline Powe for 6-to-8 months.
“He’s devastated. He worked so hard, especially coming back from his recent injury and in establishing himself as a player in this league,” Goodwin said. “He is taking the news hard, but he is a good kid, and he knows he’ll be back at it soon.”
Rivers said Powe — who averaged 7.7 points and 4.9 points off the bench this season — suffered the injury on a spin move to the basket.
“He played 3 minutes with a torn ACL,” Rivers said. “That says so much about Leon Powe the person.”