Monday , Dec , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets’ Stojakovic undergoes surgery; West to follow

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
swingman Peja Stojakovic had lower back surgery to remove a disc fragment on
Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Hornets also announced that forward David West will have
arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Wednesday.

Stojakovic is averaging 17.8 points per game and helped the Hornets start the
season on a hot note. The team was 8-3 before losing nine of their last 11 as
the injuries began to pile up.

Stojakovic has missed the Hornets’ last nine contests with the back ailment
and West has missed the team’s last 15 games since straining his right forearm
in early November.

West averaged 17.4 points and 8.3 rebounds in the Hornets’ first seven games.

“We will evaluate Peja and David once they have recovered from their surgeries
before we make a determination on their status,” Hornets general manager Jeff
Bower said. “Although our team has been slowed by injuries as of late, we
don’t want to rush their returns to the detriment of their health.”

NOH WEST