Saturday , Oct , 16 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks lose Crawford for season

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks will be without Chris
Crawford for the entire 2004-05 season after the forward suffered a torn
anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Crawford was injured in the third quarter of Thursday’s exhibition loss to
Minnesota. The seven-year veteran also has a tear to his lateral meniscus and
a sprained medial collateral ligament.

The longest-tenured Hawk enjoyed his best season last year, averaging 10.2
points and 3.1 rebounds in 56 games. In 25 starts, Crawford compiled 19 points
and 5.1 boards per contest.

“This is certainly a tough thing for Chris personally and for our team,” said
Atlanta GM Billy Knight. “We feel bad for him because he’s worked diligently
to recover from past injuries, and would have been a major part of our
rotation. We wish him all the best in his recovery.”

Crawford tore the ACL in his left knee in November 2001 and has missed 190
games in his career due to injury.