Thursday , Jan , 13 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs’ Jackson has surgery, will miss rest of season

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Cleveland Cavaliers rookie guard Luke
Jackson underwent successful back surgery Thursday and is expected to miss
the remainder of the season.

Jackson, who was chosen by Cleveland with the 10th overall pick in this past
draft, has battled back problems all year and had a herniated disc
repaired. Jackson first injured his back during the summer.

“The injury has been a challenge for Luke, but he’s a tough competitor and
tried to play through it,” Cavs president and general manager of basketball
operations Jim Paxson said. “We’re confident that he will make a full recovery
and be a key part of the Cavaliers in the future.”

The 23-year-old, who was plagued by various injuries and stints on the IL
during his first pro campaign, averaged 2.9 points in only 10 games. He will
begin rehab immediately.

The 6-foot-7 Jackson played four seasons for the University of Oregon and led
the team in scoring and rebounding in both his junior and senior campaigns. In
2003-04, he averaged 21.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists over 31