Thursday , Nov , 11 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Nets’ Mercer slated for surgery

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – New Jersey Nets guard Ron Mercer is
scheduled to have surgery Monday on his left knee and could be out of action
for up to four weeks.

After signing with the Nets as a free agent this summer, Mercer played in
three games before missing the last two because of swelling in the knee.

Mercer, 6-foot-7 and 201 pounds, spent the 2003-04 season, his seventh in the
NBA, with the San Antonio Spurs. He played just 39 games due to various
injuries and suffered his least-productive scoring season with just 5.0 points
per contest.

The University of Kentucky product has also spent time with the Boston
Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers. He
holds career averages of 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 31.5
minutes per game. His career shooting percentage stands at .430.

Mercer, originally drafted No. 6 overall by Boston in 1997, has yet to match
the 80 games he played during his rookie campaign. During that season, he
earned NBA First Team All-Rookie honors. Mercer has averaged just 60 games
played over his career, and has also appeared in 11 postseason contests.

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