Thursday , Feb , 07 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Steve Francis May Be Lost for the Year


Rockets guard Steve Francis is scheduled for surgery that is expected to end his season, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday. The Rockets would not comment and Francis could not be reached. An announcement is expected today. Francis has been out with what had been diagnosed as bilateral quadriceps tendinitis, but with the condition slow to  rehabilitate, an examination by a specialist in Colorado last week indicated there is a tear that would have to be repaired surgically. Francis, who signed with the Rockets in the offseason after reaching a buyout agreement with the Portland Trail Blazers, has played in just 10 games, starting three. Click here for more from the Houston Chronicle.