Livingston out 8-to-12 months
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston
will not only miss the remainder of this season because of a severe knee
injury suffered Monday night, but he could also be out most of next year.
Livingston dislocated his left knee early in the first quarter of a 100-93
victory over Charlotte, but after an MRI on Tuesday, it was determined that he
suffered several ligament tears. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament,
posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and lateral meniscus.
Livingston also suffered a patella dislocation, in addition to the previously
diagnosed tibia/femoral dislocation.
The anticipated recovery time is 8-to-12 months for the 21-year-old, who was
driving for a layup when he landed awkwardly on his left knee, which bent
backwards with the kneecap protruding to the side. He remained on the floor
for a few minutes before being put on a stretcher and wheeled off the court
with 8:10 remaining in the quarter.
Dr. Steven Shimoyama put the kneecap back in place at the arena.
Livingston, the fourth overall selection in the 2004 NBA Draft, averaged 9.3
points and 5.1 assists in 54 games this season.