Posted Mar 7 2010 10:39PM
DENVER (AP) -- Portland Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla, already out for the season, slipped while taking a shower at his home and ruptured the right patella tendon again that he tore in December, team officials said.
In a news conference prior to Sunday's game against the Denver Nuggets, Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan said Przybilla would undergo surgery in the next few days to repair the tendon for a second time. He underwent a similar procedure Dec. 24, two days after he originally ruptured the tendon during a game against the Dallas Mavericks, ending his season.
"He will have to go through this all over again," McMillan said.
Przybilla was at his home in Milwaukee where he was in the midst of an injury rehabilitation program, when he slipped in the shower on Saturday morning. He returned to Portland on Sunday to undergo an MRI, which showed the tendon had again ruptured.
"We were told a week prior to this that he was doing great," McMillan said. "I'm sure Joel was starting to feel better and got a little bit more comfortable. It's one of those situations where you slip in the tub and the thing buckles."
McMillan said it was too early to tell if the setback would affect his return next season.
"I don't know," he said. "I don't think our medical staff will say until they decide on when they're going to have surgery. After the surgery they will decide what exactly they need to do."
Also, the Trail Blazers were without Marcus Camby for the game against the Nuggets. Camby has a sprained left ankle.
|Remembering Bob Kauffman|
Bob Kauffman, the first All-Star of the Buffalo Braves franchise, passed away peacefully Saturday at age 69. The Braves acquired Kauffman before the team's inaugural 1970-71 season in Buffalo, where he immediately became a star. He was a 3-time All-Star who also played with the Seattle SuperSonics, Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks.
|Team World vs. Team Africa|
Team World tops Team Africa 101-97 in an inaugural NBA Africa game highlighted by appearances from legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo.
|All-Access: 2015 Basketball without Borders Africa|
Just days before the historic NBA Africa Game 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa, NBA players and coaches from Team World and Team Africa spent time with young athletes from all over the African continent, teaching basketball and life skills.
|GameTime: Nancy Lieberman|
NBA TV reports that the Sacramento Kings have added Hall of Fame coach Nancy Lieberman to their staff.
|GameTime: Smitty's Offseason Report|
Steve Smith gives his outlook on the various moves and dealings during this offseason.